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Western Wise suffers power outages

By Richard Greene | Published Saturday, January 20, 2018

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Restoring Power

RESTORING POWER – Oncor crews work in Runaway Bay to restore power to hundreds of customers after an outage Wednesday morning. Power was restored in the area by 3:30 p.m. Messenger photo by Joe Duty

Hundreds of Oncor customers in western Wise County were without power Wednesday morning.

A power line that fell along U.S. 380 took out power to 550 customers in the Runaway Bay area around 5 a.m. Wednesday. Later in the morning more than 600 residents stretching from the west side of Bridgeport, Cottondale, Balsora and into Parker County were without power.

Oncor spokesperson Sabrina Easley said efforts to restore power were complicated by the heavy load on the system due to the frigid temperatures.

“Crews are having to get to all the fuse locations and close them up one at a time,” Easley said.

After a fuse is closed, she said there is a 30-minute delay for the load to normalize before moving to the next fuse. Power was restored to all residents in the Runaway Bay area by 3:30 p.m.

Seven crews were brought in to get power restored in the western part of the county. Power was restored in the area by 4 p.m.

ERCOT issued a warning Tuesday evening about conserving usage due to the demand on the power grid with temperatures in the single digits in many parts of the state.

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