Two separate incidents cause power outages to over 2,380 Duck River Electric Membership subscribers and knocked out power to a portion of Hillsboro Boulevard on Monday, June 10.
DREMC Manager of Member Services Carol Garrette said that additional safeguards put in place to protect contract crews.
“When we have crews out, we put extra protection in place. When (those) are in place, something small can cause an outage,” she said.
Garrette explained that small event, a bird or a squirrel or even a small tree limb, would normally not cause an outage because the breaker would clear it. When crews are working on energized lines, however, DREMC will put in “A” switch fuses that will cut power back to the substation.
“You might see blink, then it’s right back on. With the extra protection in place, then it will take the power completely out for safety reasons,” she said.
The first outage affected 1,152 members in the Manchester area. The outage from a town breaker circuit lasted about 20 minutes.
The second, in the Boynton Valley area, affected an area of about 1230 households.
Garrette said a rotten tree on Panhandle Road fell onto the power line and broke into. Crews were able to find and clear the tree in about 10-15 minutes, but double checked the remainder of the circuit for problems. The outage lasted about 25 minutes total.
Contract crews from BESCO are performing routine pole replacement in the area. They were not responsible for the outage. Garrette said it is very unusual for an outage to happen even with the extra protection in place.