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W.Va. customers spend part of their Sunday without power

July 25, 2005|by DAVE McMILLION

charlestown@herald-mail.com

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - Allegheny Power officials said 2,600 of their customers lost power in the area Sunday following two problems that occurred at a substation in Martinsburg.

There were two outages, each affecting 1,300 customers, said company spokeswoman Janice Lantz.

A Martinsburg Police Department dispatcher said dozens of city residents began calling the police department when the outages started.

The first outage occurred about 10:15 a.m. when Allegheny Power officials discovered that an underground conductor at the High Street-North Martinsburg substation failed, Lantz said.

Lantz said customers affected by that outage probably were without power for about two hours.

While repair crews were repairing the underground conductor, they accidentally damaged another underground conductor, which caused another 1,300 customers to lose service, Lantz said.

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Repair crews on Sunday were restoring power to the second group of 1,300 customers. Their service was restored at 2:50 p.m., Lantz said.

Allegheny Power delivers electric and natural gas service to about 1.8 million customers in West Virginia, Pennsylvania, Maryland, Virginia and Ohio. Most of the company's power output comes from the burning of coal.

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