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Idle substation blamed for power problems

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Mayor discusses need for additional station
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Leader photo by NANCY BERGERON - Jason Ellis monitors the electric transmission and distribution system from the operations center at the city Public Works Complex. The computerized system sounds an alarm when an outage occurs.

A substation out of service for maintenance, colder than average temperatures and a tree limb are to blame for two recent power outages that left several thousand Ruston city utility customers in the dark.

The first outage occurred shortly after 9 p.m. on Feb. 3 when a limb, weakened by that day’s rain, fell across a power line, affecting 1,400 customers. Four days later, at 5:45 p.m. on Feb. 7, some 3,111 lost electricity when cold early evening temperatures caused a surge in usage on a system already strained because the McDonald Avenue substation was down for repairs.

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