CWLP issued the following statement at 10:30 Sunday morning:
City Water, Light and Power Electric Department crews have been responding to power outages following periods of rain and freezing rain yesterday that has weighted down trees and caused conflicts with power lines throughout the city. Around 700 hundred CWLP customers have been restored since 4 a.m. in outages that occurred overnight. Much of the power restoration work has been on individual service lines and smaller pockets of outages as ice damage has been widespread. CWLP crews have been working around the clock to restore power as quickly and safely as possible.
The largest outage occurred Saturday night around 7 p.m. when a circuit serving around 800 customers in an area between White Oaks Mall and Town and Country Shopping Center was affected. Power was restored to that area in about an hour. A few hundred other customers had power go out at other times throughout the night in areas across the city. At 7 a.m. Sunday, 604 customers were without power affected but by 10:30 a.m. that number was down to 102. Most customers affected were all in small pockets of outage areas where individual transformers and service lines were the issue. Many areas have had trees that needed to be cleared from lines before some repairs could be made.
Following today’s power restoration work, CWLP crews have other repair work not causing outages that will follow which includes 50 to 75 service lines that are low due to ice and another 25 locations where trees are on wires.
Customers may call CWLP’s Electric Trouble Line, 789-2121 to report power outages, wires down and trees in conflict with wires. The public should be advised to stay clear of power lines and trees near power lines and wait for our crews to address these. For more information and updates on this work, the public may visit our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/4CWLP.