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Power Outage Leaves Thousands in the Dark

by on April 05, 2015 10:50 AM

Thousands of customers in the Port Matilda and Gray's Woods areas lost electrical power late Saturday evening and it took several hours to turn the lights back on.

According to West Penn Power, 3,600 homes and businesses were blacked out at about 5:30 p.m. Saturday.

"We had an equipment failure on a line that feeds two substations," says Doug Colafella, a spokesperson for West Penn Power. One of the affected substations was one in Port Matilda and the other was in the Scotia Range area.

West Penn Power did not immediately have information about which specific neighborhoods lost service.

Power crews worked into the early morning hours to fix the problem.

"We were able to feed those substations from another line while repairs were made," says Colafella. Still, power was not restored until approximately 2:30 a.m.

Colafella blames the outage on a malfunctioning switch connected to a main 34,000 volt transmission line.

State College police say there were no problems linked to the blackout.

 

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Steve Bauer was the Managing Editor of StateCollege.com. Steve and his wife Trina are longtime area residents. They reside in State College along with a wacky Golden Retriever named Izzy.
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