Power outages in north and central Columbia

Sunday, June 15, 2008 | 7:16 p.m. CDT; updated 10:39 a.m. CDT, Tuesday, July 22, 2008

COLUMBIA — Two power outages in north and central Columbia left people in the dark after a possible lightning strike and a tree that fell on power lines cut the flow of electricity.

The first outage took place at 2:01 p.m. in the Blue Ridge area in the northeast part of Columbia, located near Vandiver Drive, Range Line Street and Paris Road, said Dave Patterson, a balancing authority operator at the Columbia Municipal Power Plant.

“We think that it was caused by a lightning strike, but we’re still not sure,” Patterson said.

He estimated that a few thousand people lost electricity during the half-hour delay.

The second outage took place at 5:11 p.m. on the north side of Business Loop 70 near Garth Avenue and Nebraska Street after a tree fell on transmission lines.

Patterson said power was restored to roughly 380 people at 5:55 p.m. after crews removed a tree limb. He said recent storms are still making their presence known in the form of loosening branches that later fall onto the lines.

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James Carson June 16, 2008 | 6:45 a.m.
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