(Neb)-Failed Transformer Blamed For Scottsbluff Outage
SCOTTSBLUFF - A failed transformer is blamed for a power outage Wednesday afternoon in Scottsbluff that affected over a thousand customers on the west side of the city.
NPPD spokesman Terry Rajewich says the outage hit about 1:30 with service restored to all but a couple dozen customers within 2-1/2 hours.
The failed transformer was just outside the Scottsbluff Post Office, and
Rajewich told KNEB radio that restoration of power to the Post Office itself took a bit longer to complete.
The outage affected a number of traffic lights, resulting in Scottsbluff police directing traffic at some intersections, city crews putting up 4-way stop signs in the middle of others, and drivers being reminded to treat intersections with signs but non-working lights as if they were 4-way stops, too.
Regional West Medical Center switched over to emergency generators during the outage, as did the Scottsbluff Fire Department.
Fire Chief Justin Houstoun said department needs power for its communication equipment and for opening the bay doors when trucks are dispatched, with the emergency generator leaving crews ready to respond to any emergency.
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