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Electricity fails in large portion of city

Tuesday, March 15, 2005

Motorists treated intersections with traffic lights as four-way stops Monday afternoon after a power outage that affected the east side of Brazil. Electricity was off for about one hour. Josh Cannon photo

- 69,000-volt line was the problem

Motorists took turns at intersections with darkened traffic lights after a problem with a 69,000-volt electric line darkened the east side of Brazil for approximately one hour Monday afternoon.

Some businesses temporarily closed due to the power outage, while traffic lights were not functioning from the intersection of U.S. 40 and Wheeler Avenue west to the intersection of U.S. 40 and Vandalia Street.

Cinergy Spokeswoman Angeline Protogere told The Brazil Times the outage affected about 2,000 customers on the north and east sides of Brazil between 2:24 p.m. and 3:59 p.m. on the north and east sides of town. Equipment failure affected a substation at Church and Depot streets.

Rick Burger, Cinergy Customer Relations Manager for Brazil, Terre Haute and Greencastle, said that while it was too early in their assessment late Friday afternoon to pinpoint the exact cause of the problem, they were able to isolate the problem to a high-voltage line that feeds the east substation in Brazil.

"Our guys are out reviewing what the problem was this afternoon," he said. "The 69,000-volt line is what caused the problem. We didn't have any major explosions of any sort. We were able to get that back on in about an hour.

"We do have them out checking right now. We appreciate people being patient with us," he added. "I know people don't like to be without power. We do our best to get it back on, and we have good people working on it."

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