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Equipment failure results in east-end power outage

Saturday, January 05, 2013   by: Staff


Power interruption in progress

This is a description of an unplanned power interruption that is currently affecting PUC Distribution customers in Sault Ste. Marie.

If you have any information leading to the cause of the outage or other concerns please call the PUC emergency number at 759-6555.

Interruption date: January 5, 2013 at 12:04 p.m.
Customers affected: 194

Number of customers restored:
80 restored at: 2:56 p.m.
82 restored at: 3:38 p.m.
Customers remaining off: 32

Cause of interruption: Equipment failure - Blown high voltage U/G connector, crew on site making repairs

Description of area involved

Chambers west to Texas, Bennett north to South Market


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Tom_Bom 1/5/2013 6:27:38 PM Report

Bummer dude.
Bowhunter 1/5/2013 7:00:02 PM Report

Total Bummer
keeper 1/5/2013 7:02:08 PM Report

This happens way too much for this little section of town, power went off for 20 seconds but knocked out shaw internet TV, phone for 7 hours. Totally inept operation and service provided by PUC. Time to drastically revamp this city owned sell it.
dad 1/5/2013 7:12:13 PM Report

PUC ..pretty useless company cant fix anything right same as the CBW with our screwed up traffic light children could do a better job
Beej 1/5/2013 7:24:31 PM Report

Everyone knows that a new overpriced PUC building is far more important than replacing the aged electrical equipment that causes all of these inconveniences!
Tom_Bom 1/5/2013 7:33:30 PM Report

I think a replacement of the aging power equipment would certainly be of benefit. And really, what was wrong with the old building they were in? Truthfully. What was the need to build the new PUC building when that money could go to replacing old electrical equiptment to prevent situations like this.

mudrunner 1/5/2013 9:01:56 PM Report

Everyone needs a bigger office, Who cares about the power will get paid anyways.
stiJJy 1/5/2013 9:42:13 PM Report

Beatin' a dead horse...
F150Guy 1/5/2013 10:44:05 PM Report

Its not the PUC, its the city. The system is outdated, constantly overloaded and when you fix one problem, another one will pop up somewhere else, domino effect. Growing too big and the system is still too small. Would cost millions to overhaul and would cause more delays and power outages already. Can't live without tv or internet for 7 hours? Its a nice skiing day today, fin hill or the oval at John Rhodes.

PUC building may have been pricey, but its better then paying for multiple separate buildings where paper work and communication get lost between them.

Seriously all I ever read are complaints are about the city, the power and the water. Just go live somewhere else, real-estate is probably better too.
Ricatoni 1/6/2013 1:03:59 AM Report

good4now 1/6/2013 11:00:23 AM Report

Loss of Electricity Only Half The Problem:
Power loss at a bad time came ruin a meal or destroy baking. Someone heading to work might have to go without. At night a senior or handicapped person might fall and be severely injured. A serious power outage HAS resulted in death.
Apart from these rarities, every time the power drops out accidentally and every time it returns, there is a problem with power surges and voltage spikes. We all know enough to protect our expensive electronics with surge protectors, but the furnace motor, air conditioner, etc are at risk. So many devices, like stoves, fridges, & programmable thermostats, all have electronic controls that can be damaged. When my carbon monoxide detector failed under warranty Kidde rep said it was most likely due to power surge, and I couldn't dispute it because in my neighborhood power failures are very frequent.
KMF61MCF 1/6/2013 11:04:50 AM Report

Don't forget the 10% Rate increase coming soon. To bad we all couldn't get a 10% increase in pay from our Employers as well to keep up with the Cost Of Living.
the coach 1/6/2013 8:06:25 PM Report

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