PUD: Failed insulator, downed trees caused power outages

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BURRILLVILLE – Power outages throughout Pascoag and Harrisville over the past week were caused by downed trees and a failed insulator on Pascoag Main Street, according to information put out by the Pascoag Utility District.

Customers reported roughly hour-long outages in the early morning hours on Tuesday, Dec. 18 and again in the evening on Thursday, Dec. 20. Both were reportedly caused by branches that fell on power lines.

The outages were more widespread on Friday, Dec. 21 as heavy winds and rain hit the area, but the company, a quasi-municipal utility that provides services to some 5,000 customers in the Burrillville area, was quickly on top of it. Power to most homes was again restored within the hour.

The issue, which caused lights to flicker in many homes that never actually lost electricity, was caused by a failed insulator on a pole on Pascoag Main Street. Crews were dispatched to the area and the insulator was replaced.

“We apologize for the inconvenience and hope this rain storm gets out of here soon,” company officials noted.

Those serviced by the district are instructed to call the office at 568-6222 to report any further outages.

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