Broken insulators cause power outage

The power company hopes to repair the damage today.
COLUMBIANA -- A fault in a power substation here knocked out electricity for about 13,000 homes and businesses in northern Columbiana County and parts of Mahoning County, according to officials from Ohio Edison.
The power went down at 9:39 a.m. Friday in Columbiana village, Leetonia, East Palestine, Washingtonville, Rogers, Negley, Fairfield Township and parts of Lisbon. North Lima and parts of Poland in Mahoning County also were affected, said Paul Harkey, the area manager for Ohio Edison.
Harkey said broken insulators inside a 69,000-volt transmission substation on Pittsburgh Street caused the outage. But he said power company officials do not know what caused the damage to the insulators.
Lights on
Harkey said all but about 1,755 customers got power back on within an hour. Workers restored electricity to an additional 1,222 customers by 1:40 p.m. The rest had lights by 2:35 p.m., Harkey said.
Harkey said the utility had to move slowly in bypassing the substation and rerouting customers to other substations.
"They want to make sure they don't overload the system," he said.
Washingtonville Police Chief Jim Craven said residents in his city took the inconvenience in stride.
"The lack of electricity means no furnaces, so we're going to have a heat problem," he said.
Harkey said the utility expects to make repairs to the substation sometime today, but he added that customers will not experience any disruption of service when the company switches back.

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