(Neb)-Alliance Power Outage Lasts Nearly 10 Hours
ALLIANCE - It was a long, dark, cold night in Alliance last night thanks to power outage that affected much of the city from 8:15 to about 6:00 a-m.
Alliance gets most of its power from WAPA, the federal Western Area Power Administration, but City Manager Rick Kuckkahn says the feeder line from the WAPA substation on West 10th Street to a nearby city substation came loose from a combination of age, wear, and weather.
WAPA allows only its own crews to make repairs to its equipment and the federal agency's closest crews was in the Scottsbluff area at the time of the outage. Kuckkahn says city crews could have made the repairs but had to wait until early in the morning before a WAPA crew finally made it.
Once repairs were made, the city crews had to go through a careful start-up process for the city's substations, with all lines and systems finally up and running about 6:00.
Kuckkahn says the city activated its 3rd Street generators by 10:00, but with only enough power to serve about a sixth of Alliance - primarily the downtown area.
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