Power Outage In Greenville

A power outage knocked out the electricity to about 3,400 customers of Greenville Utilities Commission Monday morning.

Todd Rouse, in GUC's Substation Engineering Department, said power went out at 8:11 a.m. Monday. Most of the customers had power restored by 8:30 a.m. Power was fully restored by 8:50 a.m.

The main section of town that lost power was along Greenville Blvd. between Tenth and Fourteenth Streets. On the east side of Greenville Blvd., the outage extended to the railroad tracks. It included parts of the Brook Valley neighborhood. On the west side of Greenville Blvd., the power outage extended to Cedar Lane, up to Wahl Coates Elementary School. GUC says the school did not lose power.

What started the outage is still under investigation. Rouse says a protected breaker in a substation failed. The back-up protection knocked out three circuits instead of just one. What caused the protected breaker to fail is the focus of GUC's investigation. Rouse said possible explanations are an animal or a tree branch.

Rouse also said before the power could be switched back on, GUC personnel checked out the power lines to make sure there were no public safety issues. Once that was determined, crews worked to restore power.

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  • by Daniel Kennington Location: Golden Rd. on Nov 9, 2009 at 06:41 PM
    I live on Golden Road and right when I woke up there was a loud explosion
  • by traffic light Location: g-ville on Nov 9, 2009 at 08:45 AM
    Is that why the traffic light at Charles and Firetower was out this morning......very dangerous with NO ONE directing traffic.
  • by Mike on Nov 9, 2009 at 07:37 AM
    How do these power outages affect the Cities alarm policy? Do the home owners get charged for a false alarm after the power goes back on? Just wondering..
  • by Correction Location: G'ville on Nov 9, 2009 at 07:26 AM
    Wahl-Coates did lose power.

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