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Downed power line blamed for outage that knocked out power to 22,000

Published: Aug. 28, 2016 at 3:55 AM EDT|Updated: Aug. 29, 2016 at 11:08 AM EDT
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COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) - A main high powered pole broke and caught fire Saturday night leaving nearly 30,000 residents in the Midlands without power.

SCE&G officials said the pole that caused the outage is located in a heavily wooded area outside of the Eau Claire region. It was fixed late Sunday afternoon and all customers have since been restored with power.

The outage spanned Lexington and Richland County for several hours.

"Well, this was one of those power lines that carries a lot of voltage into that area. Different lines carry different amounts of voltage. This was a higher voltage line so a lot more customers were affected by that type of a power line," Eric Boomhower of SCE&G explained.

The power was restored to most customers fairly quickly Saturday evening. SCE&G said they were able to restore power to many customers by rerouting some of the power onto other circuits.

At its peak Saturday evening around 11:00 p.m an outage map from SCE&G showed more 22,000 outages in Richland County and more than 4,700 in Lexington County. Shortly after midnight, the outages had diminished to 55 in Richland and 6 in Lexington with power constantly being restored.

SCE&G said this outage served as a good reminder that you should always be prepared for a power outage and you can do that by having a flashlight handy, some water and a phone to report your outage.

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