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May 17, 2013

Power out for two hours downtown

Separate outage affecting Broad Ripple Road area residents

LOGANSPORT — Two power outages today cut power to much of Logansport and later to about 500 customers northeast of city limits.

A fault on an electric line near Second Street and Melbourne Avenue feeding downtown sent a surge to the generating plant, blowing up some lightning arresters mounted on transformers there, according to Logansport Municipal Utilities spokesman Bob Dunderman.

"One wire fell into another, causing the fault to come back to the generating plant," Dunderman said. He didn't anticipate the problem reoccurring and said it "had nothing to do with load at all."

The damage to the lightning arresters cut power to much of Logansport at about 1:30 p.m. -- downtown, part of the east side from the generating plant as far as Eastgate Plaza, the south side and part of the west side. In all, about 3,500 customers were affected, Dunderman said.

Areas on the east and south sides saw power restored about 2 p.m. LMU restored power to the downtown area and portion of the west side at about 3:32 p.m.

A separate outage affecting about 500 customers in the area of Broad Ripple Road happened shortly before 3:30 p.m. Dunderman said he hoped to have power restored in that area within the hour.

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