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March 6, 2013

Power restored to about 3,000 after Tuesday outage

BURKE — Electricity was knocked out to about 3,000 New York State Electric and Gas customers in Clinton and Franklin counties at 12:29 p.m. Tuesday.

“We had a transmission line trip, and we restored about 2,090 customers at 1:04 p.m., and the remaining 959 at 2 p.m.,” NYSEG Regional Operations Manager Mark Leta said.

Early in the evening, he didn’t yet know what made the line go down; typical causes might be tree or animal contact, lightning strike during that season.

“We were able to backfeed to get customers back on,” Leta said.

Most of the loss was in Chateaugay, where, according to NYSEG’s website, electricity was off at 890 homes.

Ellenburg had about 500 customers out, while the Town of Clinton had around 360, the Town of Burke had 630 or so, and the Town of Constable had about 565 homes and businesses impacted.

Outages were reported on East Road, Coveytown Road and Trout River Road in Burke; and Sandy Knoll Road, Pulp Mills Road, Jamison Line Road, Flynn Road, Route 374 and Route 11 in Chateaugay, among others.

There was also no electricity in parts of Churubusco, on Patnode Road, Looby Road and Clinton Mills Road; in Ellenburg on Brandy Brook Road; and in Constable on Fountain Street, O’Connell Road, Poplar Street, Route 122 and Route 30.

Crews were in the process of patroling the line to inspect it, Leta said.

“At this point in time, we’re not finding any damage,” he said. “Our intent is (Wednesday) to have everything back at 100 percent.”

News Editor Suzanne Moore contributed to this report.

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