Unknown damage to power lines early Monday morning caused approximately 310 customers to loose power while repair crews from Cinergy/PSI worked to repair the damage.
According to a spokesperson at Cinergy/PSI, a tree probably fell on, or somehow came into contact with, power lines which tore the three-phase lines from a transformer at 31 S. Epworth St., catching the cross arm of the pole on fire.
The fire was out when the Brazil City Fire Department arrived on the scene, according to Fire Chief Tobey Archer, but the damage to the circuitry was extensive.
Residents and businesses in an area beginning at Murphy Avenue west to Lambert Street on the north side of U.S. 40, and residents living on several blocks on the south side of U.S. 40, were affected by the power outage.
The area around St. Vincent Clay Hospital was a high priority for the Cinergy/PSI work crews. The hospital lost power until shortly before 10 a.m. While the patient areas of the hospital immediately went on automatic generators during the outage, the workers in the administrative areas were affected.
"We did what we could until the power came back on, but our patients were never affected," said a spokesperson for the hospital.
Workers from the Brazil City Street Department placed 4-way stop signs at the intersections of Vandalia, Wheeler and Murphy until the last of the stop lights came back on before noon.
As a precautionary measure, Cinergy/PSI crews restored power in stages so as to not overload any more circuits, with the first 195 customers coming back on line shortly before 9 a.m. and a another 66 customers had their power restored a few minutes later.
Within an hour another large portion of the customers affected by the outage had their power restored, leaving only a handful without power in the area where the heaviest damage occurred to the lines throughout the afternoon until they had their power restored around 3:15 p.m.