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Power restored to 10,000 Tacoma homes, businesses after four-hour outage

Post by Kris Sherman / The News Tribune on May 31, 2010 at 3:54 pm with 3 Comments »
December 7, 2010 10:12 am

Just about the same time the sun showed up, the power went out, spoiling Memorial Day fun for many Tacoma residents.

A “major equipment failure” at a Tacoma Public Utilities substation cut power to some 10,000 homes and businesses in the city’s Westgate neighborhood and surrounding areas in the city’s North and West ends for about four hours this afternoon.

Crews restored the electricity by about 5 p.m., utilities spokeswoman Chris Gleason said.

They were still trying to sort out what caused the outage, but there was some thought it might have been the result of a mylar balloon striking high-voltage lines, Gleason said.

Whatever the origin, it brought about what she called a “major equipment failure” at the Pearl Street substation.

That type of problem “is very unusual for us,” she said.

Some residents noticed power coming on briefly at periods in the afternoon, then shutting off again. That’s not unusual as equipment is worked on, Gleason added.

The outage began at around 1 p.m.

Crews rerouted power to get electricity back on in area homes and businesses and will continue work on a permanent fix on Tuesday, Gleason said.

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  1. As I stated on the previous post, I’m not overly upset about the actual outage (these things happen), but TCL’s communication couldn’t have been worse. I called them several times, + the police & the TNT & all anyone could tell me is that there was an outage but TCL wouldn’t tell them anything either.

    I needed at aprox eta of when i could get back to work & if I needed to take special precautions with a couple hundred dollars of frozen food.

  2. What’s TCL?

  3. bigmeatgrinder says:

    I’m guessing moo means Tacoma City Light bertah. They work on these things to the best of their ability. After all, they only get paid when the power is flowing. As for calling the police and the TNT, what a waste of time. Are you an idiot moo? God doesn’t bring you electicity. Buy a generator if you’re worried about your $200 of food. Enough said.

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