Temporary Power Outage Affects 1,000 Residents

A 20-minute power outage affected nearly 1,000 residents Tuesday in the Willard Street area of the city.

According to the Jamestown Board of Public Utilities, the outage occurred at approximately 4:20 p.m. after an “imbalance” in electric load was detected by a ground fault circuit interrupter at a local power substation.

“It’s very rare that this happens,” said Becky Robbins, BPU communications coordinator. “(But it happens) anytime the temperature swings widely. People weren’t using as much electricity (on Monday) as they were (Tuesday) … so there was an imbalance in the electric load and the breaker opened.”

Line crews restored power within 20 minutes.

Robbins also indicated that the power outage momentarily shut off the English Hill water pump station, causing low water pressure in the surrounding area.

“When the pump turns off and on, anything that’s in the lines can stir and cause discoloration in the water,” Robbins said. “People in that area will experience discolored water for 12 to 24 hours. But it will pass.”