COLUMBIA — About 198 people on Heather Lane and in the surrounding area lost power around noon Friday because of a problem with an underground cable, Columbia Water and Light spokeswoman Connie Kacprowicz said.
Problems with underground cables are not unusual, Kacprowicz said.
"Underground cables are more protected from wind and trees, but shifting soil is a problem," she said.
The soil beneath Columbia has a high clay content, which shifts often, and temperature and moisture affect the cables, too, Kacprowicz said.
Around 1:30 p.m., the problematic section of the cable was replaced and power was restored to everyone affected.