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JCPB reroutes downtown power after outage

Staff Report • Apr 30, 2013 at 2:50 PM

Power to the downtown Johnson City area was out for about 30 minutes on Tuesday afternoon.

The Johnson City Power Board has shifted the power source to the downtown area after a transformer issue was found.

JCPB Communication Specialist J.T. McSpadden said the normal downtown substation called the Broadway Substation is no longer supporting the power supply.

The Northeast Substation is now supporting the downtown area.

“We found an issue with the downtown substation transformer,” McSpadden said. “We’re not sure at this point what the issue is. When we figure out what’s going on we’ll make the determination on what to do next with the transformer.”

Power was unavailable beginning around 1:30 p.m.

“A hefty portion of downtown was out,” McSpadden said. “Some places longer than others but the longest amount of time power would have been out was about 20-30 minutes.”

McSpadden said they will continue to figure out the issue with the transformer, but all power should be restored now.

“It’s not the usual feed, but they do have power,” McSpadden said. "It's just being fed from another direction."

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