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Batavia continues to investigate power outage

Published: Tuesday, Sept. 10, 2013 6:55 p.m. CDT

BATAVIA – The city continues to investigate the cause of a power outage on the city's east side Monday night.

At 8 p.m. Monday, the Cherry Park electric substation tripped offline, causing a power outage. Half of the customers had their power restored by 9:04 p.m., said Batavia Electric Utility Superintendent Robert Rogde. The rest of the affected customers had their power returned by 10:14 p.m., he said.

"Hopefully it is a sensor that we can fix on site or something minor with the transformer," Rogde said.

While the problem is being investigated, the customers served by the Cherry Park substation have been put on the city's other substations.

A larger transformer was installed in the Cherry Park substation this summer to provide more reliable service. But there have been some startup glitches, he said.

"In August, we had a couple of technical glitches and in addition, an animal went into the substation and tripped it off," Rogde said. "We're not happy. The southeast side of town has not had the reliability we want or expect."

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