June 4, 2008 Edition

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Broken line causes power outage



Kevin Rogers of Entergy cuts a ground wire that broke causing a power outage in much of eastern Lawrence County on Tuesday afternoon. The wire came in contact with a feeder line, tripping power at several substations causing outages in Walnut Ridge, Hoxie and College City.
Gretchen Hunt
Editor

Many residents and businesses in eastern Lawrence County were without power for approximately an hour Tuesday afternoon after a broken ground wire came in contact with a feeder line.

Power had flashed one time Tuesday morning and several times in the afternoon before going out.

Rick Hutcheson, a construction supervisor with Entergy, said the problem was located on a pole in the alley behind the Walnut Ridge Police Department. A ground wire on the pole was broken in two and had swung onto a primary line.

"It was probably hit by lightning," Hutcheson said of the pole. He said the ground wire is there to protect the other wiring from lightning strikes.

It has probably been broken for some time," he continued, saying the wind on Tuesday had probably blown it around causing it to make contact.

"It finally took it out," he said.

When the ground wire made contact with the primary line, which was a feeder line, it killed the power at several substations, knocking out power in a large part of Walnut Ridge and Hoxie and all of College City.

The Walnut Ridge Fire Department and Police Department responded to the scene, as well. WRFD and WRPD personnel also assisted with traffic problems due to the power outage.

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