COLUMBIA — Two power outages left more than 700 customers without power for a short time Tuesday morning.
From 9:10 a.m. to 9:40 a.m., customers in the downtown area from Cherry to Worley streets between College Avenue and Providence Road lost power when a contractor hit a line in front of the Papa John's restaurant on Broadway, said Connie Kaprowicz with Columbia Water and Light.
The outage affected about 700 residents, including those who live in the North Village Arts District and some in the East Campus neighborhoods off College Avenue.
The second outage, which was still in effect as of 10:20 Tuesday morning, caused about 28 customers near Rollins Road on the west side of Stadium Road to lose power. That includes residents living on Topaz Drive, Lakeshore Drive, Beachview Drive and Martin Drive.
Kaprowicz said she was not sure what caused the second outage, but that it might be nature-related, such as a tree or squirrel interfering with a line. She said crews were in the area working on the problem.
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