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Wind gusts cause Camden power outage

Posted: October 20, 2011 4:13 p.m.
Updated: October 21, 2011 5:00 a.m.

For most people, the news came when the lights went out during a bout of high winds Wednesday night. A few minutes later, Camden Mayor Jeffrey Graham posted the following information on his Facebook page:

“At approximately 7:15 pm the City of Camden experienced a large electric outage due to a downed tree near an electric substation. Several thousand customers are currently without electricity. Electric crews are working quickly to restore electricity as soon as possible. Customers should expect a four plus hour outage. Some customers in the Laurens Street area may experience a longer outage.”

As things turned out, however, the outage was neither as widespread nor as lengthy as Graham expected.

City Manager Kevin Bronson said in an email Thursday morning there were originally concerns among city crews that as many as 3,200 customers were affected by the outage. Instead, Bronson said, only approximately 250 customers lost power.

“The outage was caused when a wind gust blew a large pine tree into electric lines located directly behind the DeKalb Street electric substation,” Bronson said. “When crews arrived on scene, the tree was entangled with electric lines and was hanging over a house. Due to the dangerous nature of the situation, utility crews had to exercise a high level of care and precaution to prevent significant property damage.”

Bronson said affected areas included Park Circle; Haile Street; and Laurens Street, whose circuit included parts of Broad, Hampton and other side streets.

“Most customers’ electricity affected by the outage was restored around 10:30 p.m.,” Bronson said.

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