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Sunday, April 15, 2012

Morning Power Outage

Our power went out Saturday morning for a few hours.  It wasn't a big deal at all and we hardly noticed it since we were headed out the door for Gardening Saturday, an all day event of gardening learning and festivities.  The power outage itself was barely noteworthy except for the article in the Grand Forks Herald the next day. 

Here's the article from the Grand Forks Herald.  I've highlighted the relevant quote from Excel Energy company officials.  It might not be funny to anyone else, it just seems like a quote I could have given having no technical knowledge of electricity or information on the situation - "Uhhhh yeah, probably like a thing came loose or something". I guess I just expect the power company to be much less blase about electricity wires spontaneously coming loose. 

"A power outage affected about 1,900 customers in a north-central area of Grand Forks on Saturday morning, according to Mark Nisbet, a manager with Xcel Energy.

The outage, which began just after 7:30 a.m., lasted about two-and-a-half hours.
Power was back on for everyone by 10:09 a.m., he said. About 450 customers had power restored about earlier.

The outage was caused by a wire that came down, Nisbet said. “We’re not sure why. The winds we had a day or so earlier may have loosened a connector, but that’s speculation.”
It was not caused by a break in an underground connection, he said."

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