Winfield electric customers lost power on Saturday and Sunday due to two seperate and unrelated incidents. On Saturday night, a blown out relay arrestor at the West Substation was the culprit. The electrical load was diverted to other substations because there wasn’t peak demand at the time. The outage lasted about an hour. The relay arrestor was fixed by Monday. In the second incident, which happened on Sunday… birds were said to be the cause. According to the power company, it was starlings’ that were perching in between two relays, which caused a switch to open and the power to fail. That outage affected William Newton Hospital, where the backup generator kicked in. That outage lasted between 30 and 45 minutes. A number of residential customers were also left in the dark.
Source: VNC News

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