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Power failure hits Southbridge

Mary E. Wells Junior High School students make their way back into the building after a power outage on the morning of Friday, May 28. Joy Richard. (click for larger version)
May 28, 2010
SOUTHBRIDGE — Power was restored at 12:43 p.m. Friday, after sporadic power outages were reported all throughout Southbridge at approximately 10:52 a.m. According to local police scanner traffic, power had been reported to be down at Eastford Road School, parts of Trinity Catholic Academy, Southbridge High School and Mary E. Wells Junior High School.

Students were evacuated from the facility briefly during the morning and were let back into classrooms after 11:30 a.m., with teachers communicating via walkie-talkies to ensure safety while fire alarms were disabled.

National Grid spokesperson David Grays said the problem began at the Snow Street substation when "a wire went down." He said 1,104 people lost power for 1 hour and 20 minutes and its was returned at 12:11 p.m. He said in order to fix the wire power was turn back off at 12:34 to more than 1,581 resident and after the repaired was competed it was restored at 12:43 p.m.

According to police, Harrington Memorial Hospital was reportedly running off of emergency generators during the afternoon and power was down at Radius HealthCare of Southbridge as well.

Traffic lights were down at the intersection of Elm and Main Streets and police were directing traffic on Charlton Street earlier in the morning.

Joy Richard may be reached at 508-909-4129 or by e-mail at jrichard@stonebridgepress.com.

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