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UPDATE: Power restored after tree falls into power lines

Wednesday, August 13, 2014 | 3:52 p.m. CDT; updated 4:03 p.m. CDT, Wednesday, August 13, 2014

*UPDATE: This story has been updated to reflect the fact that power has been restored to all Columbia Water and Light customers. 

COLUMBIA — A falling tree caused nearly 1,300 Columbia Water and Light customers to lose power for an hour Wednesday afternoon.

Shortly before 1 p.m., a tree fell on power lines near the intersection of South Glenwood Avenue and Rollins Road, according to a Columbia Fire Department news release. When fire crews arrived at the scene, they discovered that there had been a small fire involving the tree and power lines. But it had already been extinguished by the time they arrived.

No one was injured, but the fallen tree caused 1,296 Columbia Water and Light customers to lose power in the area. The outage also caused multiple traffic signals along Stadium Boulevard to malfunction, according to a Public Safety Joint Communications alert.

However, power had been restored to all but 110 customers within an hour of crews responding to the scene. And by 3 p.m., power had been restored to all Columbia Water and Light customers.*

Click here to view the status of Columbia Water and Light outages.

Supervising editor is Edward Hart.


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