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Friday’s power outage lasted several hours

<p>Repairing the line: A member of the city’s electric department repairs a line to a home on Wood Street Friday. The line was cut when high winds caused a tree to fall on it.</p>

Repairing the line: A member of the city’s electric department repairs a line to a home on Wood Street Friday. The line was cut when high winds caused a tree to fall on it.

Problems with two control panels at a substation on Grober Street in Paris cause an eight-hour power outage Friday, according to Roger Goodson, the city’s electrical department supervisor.

Goodson said power went out shortly after 6 a.m. Friday and was restored around 2:30 p.m. He said approximately 200 customers on the western edge of Paris were affected.

“The control panel at the substation went bad and quit,” Goodson said. “Our back up control panel, which is new, didn’t work.”

Among the customers affected were several businesses. At least one had to send employees home because of the outage, Goodson said.

“Part of Stark Manufacturing lost power and they sent those workers home,” Goodson said.

Other businesses affected and mentioned by Goodson included Rogers Chevrolet, Rainwater Lumber, Miller TV and Appliances, Paris Muffler, Kuts by Huk, El Parian Mexican Restaurant, Circle W Pawn, Mike Frederick’s Body Shop, Ray Keifer Automotive and Short Mountain Lodge.

Goodson said once it was determined the back up control panel went out, too, he got onto the phone to the company which sold it to the city.

“We kept working on it and then I got on the phone to the people who sold it to us,” Goodson said. “We were able to get onto a different circuit and we got the power restored.

“If the outage had been caused by something falling on a line, the power outage would have been minimal, probably something like two hours,” Goodson said.

High winds in Paris last Thursday caused power outages to two residences because of limbs on line or trees being toppled onto power lines, Goodson said.

Those homes had power restored Friday.

“We got a lot of calls Thursday about limbs being on power lines,” he said.

Winds Thursday were clocked as sustained gusts from 24 miles an hour up to 50 miles an hour.

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