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Latest: RPU Says Outage Caused by Blown Lightning Arrester

Latest: RPU Says Outage Caused by Blown Lightning Arrester

November 09, 2017 04:19 PM

(ABC 6 News) - According to the Rochester Public Utilities Twitter page, the widespread power outage in downtown Rochester was caused by a blown lightning arrester at the transmission level of 161kV and that equipment is currently being replaced.

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According to the Rochester Public Utilities Twitter page, they are working to respond to a large power outage in downtown Rochester Thursday afternoon.

The Rochester Fire Department said the outage is from around 9th St. SE to 19th St. NW and between 5th Ave. E to about 11th Ave. W.

Rochester Fire Deputy Chief Steve Belau said it is believed the outage originated in the vicinity of a major construction project near Broadway and Center Street.

Belau said the fire department has responded to several elevator rescues and that there have been no reported injuries due to the outage at this time.

Law enforcement is asking you that you please do not call 911 unless you have an emergency as local dispatch is being overwhelmed with calls about the outage.

Motorists and pedestrians are also urged to use caution as many of the traffic control lights in the downtown area flashing red, which means you should treat it as a standard stop sign.


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