Power outage affects hundreds in NE Rochester

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(ABC 6 News) – Nearly 400 homes have their power back on Monday evening after a semi crash caused an outage earlier in the day.

Rochester Public Utilities (RPU) reported the outage around 1:47 p.m. near 37th St. NE and East River Road NE. An RPU outage map said over 350 customers were affected.

Rochester police tell us that a semi truck was leaving a parking lot in this area, when the top of the truck caught a lower power line.

There were no injuries from the crash, but RPU says at least two power lines were impacted.

“We always say if you see downed power lines, which there are here, always assume that they’re live. So never go near them. Stay away from them. We make sure that the scene is safe with our line crews, and then they go to work and assess what needs to be done,” said Communications Coordinator, Tony Benson.

A Shell gas station also lost power. They had to close their doors for hours and all the gas pumps were shut off.

“I was inside and I didn’t see exactly what happened and I was just doing my normal thing and next thing you know just – silence. Immediately. And it was just like alright, what happened?,” Store manager Nicholas Honecker said.

It took about four hours, but power has since been stored to businesses and homes in the area.