Huntsville Utilities: Power restored after large outage, equipment failure to blame

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Huntsville Utilities' Outage Map showed several thousand customers without power at 10:20 a.m. Monday, January 25, 2016. (Image: Hsvutil.org/outagemap)

Huntsville Utilities’ Outage Map showed several thousand customers without power at 10:20 a.m. Monday, January 25, 2016. (Image: Hsvutil.org/outagemap)

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – Huntsville Utilities says power is restored to areas that lost service Monday morning.  It was out to a large part of the city for about 30 minutes.

The outage affected roughly 31,000 customers in an area from Winchester Road south to Martin Road and from Research Park Boulevard east to Monte Sano.  The outage started just before 10 a.m. and service was restored just before 10:30 AM.

Crews were performing routine testing inside the Huntsville Primary Substation when a piece of equipment being tested failed, causing the large outage.

Huntsville Police sent officers to man direct traffic at various intersections.  If you approach a flashing light during a power outage and no officer is present, please treat the intersection as a four-way stop.

A Huntsville police officer directs traffic during the power outage at the intersection of Oakwood Avenue and Meridian Street. (Photo: Shane Hays/WHNT News 19)

A Huntsville police officer directs traffic during the power outage at the intersection of Oakwood Avenue and Meridian Street. (Photo: Shane Hays/WHNT News 19)