BRIEF: Glitch puts lights out for 12,000
DECATUR, Nov 26, 2012 (Menafn - Herald & Review - McClatchy-Tribune Information Services via COMTEX) --A fault with an Ameren substation led to more than 12,000 people in the Decatur area losing power for several hours Sunday evening.
The outage began at 6:40 p.m., when an unidentified problem occurred at a substation at Walnut Grove, which Ameren Community Relations Coordinator Jeni Hagen said caused the blackout.
The blackout affected a range of locations, from western Decatur around Millikin University and parts of Eldorado Street, to the northern parts of Decatur and sections of Forsyth.
Some businesses, such as Wal-Mart, were forced to close until later Sunday night, while other businesses like Target had customers leave during the blackout but resumed business as soon as the power came back on.
Power began to come on for several areas about 8 p.m., with all power being restored at 8:30 p.m.
Hagen said Ameren was able to restore power by "switching" where the power came from, and will continue to investigate the cause of the fault.
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