Power came back on a few minutes ago on Walnut Street !!
Power outage in the City of Batavia, unknown extent
Submitted by Howard B. Owens on January 8, 2014 - 12:57pm
A seemingly widespread power outage has apparently hit a portion of the City of Batavia.
We've heard reports of power out on the Southside, on Park Road, West Main and all of the stop lights from Ross Street to the west are out.
The Batavian Office, at Main and Center, downtown, currently has power.
There's also a report of some people not having mobile phone service.
National Grid has not yet released any information about the outage.
Reminder: There's no need to call 9-1-1 or the emergency dispatch center about the power outage. Dispatchers are aware of the outage, have no real information about it, and can't help you get your power back on. Calls to emergency dispatch should be reserved to an actual fire, police or EMS need. The Batavian will strive to keep you as informed as possible about the outage, as information becomes available.
UPDATE 1 p.m.: City fire is responding to a report of a smoke smell in the building at the Salvation Army on Jackson Street. As for the power outage, Batavia PD is stationing officers at key intersections for traffic control.
UPDATE 1:17 p.m.: There are 4,484 National Grid customers without power. The outage is the entire west side of Batavia and as far north as the Village of Elba and south to Alexander. No word on why or an ETA for repairs. There's a question as to whether Batavia PD will man traffic control locations for an extended time period because of weather conditions. Verizon customers appear to be without service and we've also heard that Time Warner customers may be without service.
UPDATE 1:30 p.m.: From a National Grid spokesman: "It appears we've lost power to a substation that serves a good portion of the city, approx. 7,800 customer accounts. Crews have been dispatched but we do not yet know the cause or the restoration estimate. I'll get that to you as soon as we have it. We received our first report only about 15 minutes ago." That would be now, 20 minutes ago. Also, 7,800 is probably the number of accounts citywide, but the outage appears to have hit only about half the city and some outlying areas. We'll try to clarify the count."
UPDATE 3:11 p.m.: Power was fully restored about 10 minutes ago. Stephen Brady, spokesman for National Grid said the power outage was caused by an "ingress" of water into the switch gear, which caused a breaker problem.
UPDATE 3:17 p.m.: Actually, it looks like the area between Batavia and Elba is still without power. Some 500 customers affected.
UPDATE 4:40 p.m.: Photos added of traffic tie-up at Oak and Main during the power outage, with Batavia PD directing traffic. At this point, there are a total of 11 customers in the city without power.