WAYNESVILLE, Mo. (June 20, 2014) — A downtown power outage which shut down the courthouse Thursday and knocked out power to numerous businesses was initially reported as mostly affecting the downtown square, but according to electric superintendent Toby Hill, it was considerably more widespread and likely affected 200 to 250 customers.
The Pulaski County Courthouse was one of many downtown businesses affected by Thursday's power outage.
Most but not all of those affected were businesses. Affected locations ranged from Lost in the Wood Antiques on the west end of downtown all the way east up Frog Hill to Piney Ridge Center, the Waynesville R-VI School District transportation department, and East Elementary School, and as far north on Highway 17 as Beasley’s Heating and Cooling. The downtown square and residential areas to the south were also hit as far as Hospital Road and Fort Street, but the Waynesville Police Department wasn’t affected and a small section of residences west of downtown on North Street weren’t affected except around the square itself.
Hill said outage was caused by older connections on a trunk line which “got weak from faults on the line over time.”
“That part of the line, the actual trunk line, has been upgraded, but some of the switches and branch circuits were bad,” Hill said. “There were multiple problems, not just that one. There were some single outages in that same line for different reasons.”
Power was restored by early afternoon, Hill said, but the courthouse remained closed since employees had already been sent home.
Utility staff members said people who find their power has gone out — especially in summer months when loss of refrigeration can cause food spoilage — may want to check their breaker boxes which could be tripped for a variety of reasons. That’s especially important when one home is without power but the neighbors have power, or following an outage when neighboring homes have had power restored but some houses are still without power.
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