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India residents lose power for more than 14 hours

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SHERRY LONG
The Ellis County Press

INDIA - India residents were plunged into darkness late Sunday night when residents lost all electrical power.

'Power failed around 9:45 p.m. Sunday night, ONCOR repairmen worked through the night until power was restored about 12:15 Monday afternoon, said ONCOR spokesperson Gailee Cardwell.

A mobile transformer was delivered from Tyler to use as a backup to use for future repairs.

A welder installed a new bush to the insulator on the transformer allowing power to be turned back around 12:15 p.m. Monday afternoon.

A large hole was observed in the bushing region and could prove to be the possible cause of the power outage.

The cause of the failure was unknown and still being investigated as of press time.

A root cause analysis will be performed by ONCOR to determine whether it was years of wear and tear or it another cause is to blame for the incident.

'Insuring the safety and energy reliability of our customers is our top priority,' Cardwell said.

This is the second time in two weeks residents have lost power in their neighborhood.

A retired TXU local resident said there is not enough power to handle the new growth of the area.

ONCOR contends their systems are keeping up with the booming region.

'The sub station has excess capacity to handle growth in the area,' Cardwell said.

It is estimated with labor and other associated costs it will be $1 million to replace a blown transformer.


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