February 5, 2009
Thousands of East Columbus residents, students and businesses were without power for about 30 minutes this morning after a Columbus Light and Water Department substation malfunctioned.
"As far as I know right now, almost everyone in East Columbus is without power right now," CL&W General Manager Todd Gale said at about 10 a.m. "It''s a big situation for us, because that is literally thousands of people without power right now.
"It''s looking like that substation over there is down," Gale added. "It''s very cold outside today, so we definitely want to get the power back up again as soon as we possibly can."
However, power was restored to most residents about half an hour after the first outages were reported, said Gale.
"It went off about half an hour ago, but I think most people are probably back on now," Gale said at about 10:30 a.m. "If they aren''t on now, they will be very shortly."
Throughout the outage, Columbus High School students remained in class as crews worked to restore power, according to Columbus Municipal School District Superintendent Del Phillips.
"You have power outages like this, and it is just our standard operating procedure to keep classes going like normal," Phillips said. "Right now, the high school is the only school affected by the outage."
CL&W officials blamed the outage on a malfunction at an East Columbus electric substation.