Power has been restored following an unusual and massive power outage in Calhoun caused by two circuits being locked out.
The outage spanned the entire north end of Calhoun, Thursday morning, and the root cause remains unknown, according to Jeff DeFoor, Director of Electric Utilities for Calhoun Utilities.
“There is no cause for concern, and we are looking for the root cause,” said DeFoor. “Somebody probably hit a pole, the lines got together somehow, but we are working to figure out what brought the two circuits together.”
The incident occurred at Substation Four, which is located next to the Water Treatment Plant on Mauldin Rd.
Calls began to come in at 8:30 a.m. Thursday, according to DeFoor, and not until the area was declared safe, did crews work to put the crossed circuits on separate breakers.
Power was out on one circuit for 35-40 minutes and close to an hour on the second circuit, before Calhoun Utilities crews restored power to the area.
“This is a very unusual circumstance,” said DeFoor. “Calhoun Utilities has one of the highest levels of reliability in the state. We are in the process now of finding a root cause and will eliminate it and hopefully it will never happen again.”
The Calhoun Times will report on the cause of the crossed circuits as information becomes available.
Power has been restored to all affected areas, according to Calhoun Utilities.
The root cause has not yet been determined.
A large power outage has been reported all along Red Bud Rd. according to Calhoun Utilities.
More information will be posted as it is available. Calhoun Utilities is aware of the problem.