Early Morning Power Outage Affects EGHS, Tanglewood Area

National Grid was back on the scene Friday morning replacing a broken wire on Middle Road

Power was out to parts of and the surrounding neighborhood early Friday morning, resulting in a delayed start to the school day just two weeks after the multi-day power outages caused by .

"Classes will start at 8:30," said EGHS Principal Michael Podraza, standing outside the high school a little after 8 Friday morning. "They'll just miss the first period."

Students had reported to school at the regular time - 7:30 - because the power troubles were not discovered until the first staff members arrived at the building after 6 a.m.

The outage did not affect every room. In some cases, according to Podraza, the lights in a classroom were working but not the computers. He said that three different electrical lines feed the building.

Power had been out at Meadowbrook, too, but since that school does not start until 9 a.m., their schedule was not disrupted.

Full power was restored to both schools at around 8:30 a.m.

A National Grid truck was parked on the side of Middle Road Friday morning, just west of Tanglewood. Ted Conway, one of the workers, explained what had happened.

"Where the wire was sleeved together, probably from the wind over time, the wires moving back and forth, it broke," he said. "So we're going to put in a new piece of wire."

But power was restored in advance of that repair, he said, because National Grid had been able to shift to other power lines.

Kristin Wheeler September 16, 2011 at 01:36 PM
Oh no! Please no more power outages here!!! I wish the power lines were just buried. Seems like it might help. I guess it's too expensive to do, but it's expensive fixing things all the time too.
Kristin Costa Offiler September 16, 2011 at 02:04 PM
I'm in Potowomut and woke up this morning to a flashing 00:00 clock on the microwave-- guess we lost power down here at some point too. It's back on now though, thank God!


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