Power restored to Greene County after large outage

Published: Saturday, October 12, 2019 @ 2:47 AM
Updated: Saturday, October 12, 2019 @ 2:16 PM

UPDATE @ 2:18 p.m.:

Power has been restored to the Jamestown area of Greene County after a pole fire left more than 1,700 people in the dark.

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UPDATE @ 8:02 a.m.:

More than 1,700 people remain in the dark this morning after an outage started early this morning in the Jamestown area of Greene County. This is down from the more than 2,200 people originally without power earlier today.

According to DP&L officials, the outage began after a fire on a power pole, which they said was caused by electrical tracking. Electrical tracking is a leakage of electrical current between two points that are separated by insulation, in this case the pole and the power lines, due to dust or moisture. 

The fire dealt significant damage to the pole. 

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DP&L crews were able to restore power to 430 customers from the initial outage, but the remaining 1,775 will remain without power until the pole can be replaced, which DP&L officials said would likely be finished around noon. 

Typically replacing a pole can take from 5 to 8 hours, officials said, but could take longer if there are other factors such as the placement of the pole. 

DP&L said that the smaller outage near Wilberforce was also due to pole damage, but of a more common type: a car struck the pole. This outage is also expected to be fixed by noon.

DP&L has seen many outages overnight, all together making up about 7,000 customers out of power at some point during the night.

INITIAL REPORT:

More than 2,000 people are without power in Greene County this morning in an outage reported at 2:05 a.m., according to the Dayton Power & Light outage map.

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The largest outage appears to be in the Jamestown area, and affects 2,205 DP&L customers, as of 2:30 a.m. 

There is also a smaller outage near Wilberforce and single-digit outages nearer to the Dayton area for a grand total of 2,300 people without power in Greene County as of 2:30 a.m.

We have reached out to DP&L as to the cause of the outages, and will update this story when we hear back.