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Published: January 25, 2010 09:58 pm

Power outage knocks out Vigo 911 central dispatch for about an hour

Staff report
The Tribune-Star

TERRE HAUTE — A power outage in Terre Haute shut down electrical service at Vigo County central dispatch for approximately an hour Monday night.

At least one power transformer apparently exploded Monday evening, cutting power to the Sheriff’s Department, where central dispatch is housed, said Sheriff Jon Marvel. An backup generator kicked on and powered most of the lights and other equipment at the jail, “but it did not repower 911,” he said.

There is also a backup battery system, “but, for some reason, it failed to kick on,” Marvel said.

Despite the outage, 911 calls were handled by Indiana State University police, the sheriff said. “Our rollover system worked,” Marvel said.

Regular power was restored to 911 about 9:20 p.m.

Maintenance workers were set to arrive at the Sheriff’s Department Monday night to work on the backup battery system, Marvel said. The system had been checked about three weeks ago and had worked properly at that time.

The timing of the power outage was especially unfortunate since ice and snow had made roads potentially hazardous in the Terre Haute area Monday night. Several property damage accidents were being reported, Marvel said.

Duke Energy reported nearly 200 Vigo County residents without power Monday evening about 8 p.m. One small outage was reported near City Hall and another downtown. A larger outage, affecting the bulk of the customers without power Monday night, was reported on the city’s south side.
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