Equipment failure blamed for Jefferson County power outage

Updated: May. 21, 2021 at 3:02 PM EDT
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WATERTOWN, N.Y. (WWNY) - National Grid said equipment failure at the Coffeen Street substation in the town of Watertown is to blame for Friday’s power outages throughout Jefferson County.

Virginia Limmiatis, National Grid spokesperson, said nearly 4,000 customers in the area were affected when the electricity went out at about 1 p.m.

“When you think about a network of electricity feeders, they’re all interconnected through the various networks of substations. So, that is the root cause of a lot of the disruption that customers experienced this afternoon, resulting in equipment failure at our Coffeen Street substation,” said Virginia Limmiatis, National Grid spokesperson.

In the city of Watertown, there was no electricity on Arsenal and Coffeen streets, two of the heaviest-traveled roads in the city.

Traffic lights were affected, prompting emergency officials to stress the importance of treating intersections where the lights aren’t working as 4-way stops.

Samaritan Medical Center said it had no issues since its generators kicked on.

Officials said electric usage during this hot weather had nothing to do with the outage. Electricity was restored by 3 p.m.

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