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'Technical glitch' forces power outage for many area residents

Monday, February 11, 2008

A technical glitch caused 800-900 residents in the southern part of Clay County to lose their electricity Sunday evening.

"Cold weather and the wind caused a wire on a transmission line to the area to fall down," Duke Energy District Manager Rick Burger told The Brazil Times Monday about the power outage centered around the Center Point/Bowling Green area.

"Cold weather really tests power lines, causing them to tighten. This one just simply fell on the ground."

There was also power outage in the Harmony area as well.

Members of the Center Point Volunteer Fire Department put out a small brush fire that started when the line fell into a ditch in an area near the intersection of County Road 200 North and State Road 59.

Burger said Duke Energy linemen were able to return power to the residents in about an hour.

"We have people on standby 24-hours-a-day, seven days a week," Burger said, adding that local linemen were on standby Monday evening.

"I've been in contact with meteorologists in Cincinnati about the incoming winter weather, and they're telling us to get ready because it's coming.

"When there is a problem, it's our job to get the lights back on as soon as possible."

To report a power outage, Duke Energy customers need to contact the company's toll free customer service number at 800-343-3525.

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