Harrisonburg Power Outage

By: Michael Hyland Email
By: Michael Hyland Email

The lights are back on for many people in Harrisonburg, but officials with the Harrisonburg Electric Commission estimate about 8,000 customers lost power Tuesday night.

Officials at HEC say a raccoon climbed into the substation on Reservoir Street.

The power was out for about 70 minutes before officials were able to restore it to the people affected.

General manager Mike York says the raccoon climbed into the substation, shorted out the insulators, and knocked out a transformer.

Rockingham Memorial Hospital was affected along with several businesses and homes on the west side of Harrisonburg. HEC officials say it also impacted a subdivision on the northern side of the city.

"We went back in and redistributed the power to another transformer and another substation, so everybody's back on," says York.

Officials say they'll return to the Reservoir Street substation Wednesday morning. They're going to be looking to see if any other parts have been affected.

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