More than 1,000 affected by outage Monday night

By The Mercury

A power outage caused more than a thousand Manhattan households to go dark Monday night.

The problem might have been caused by an auto accident — but then again, maybe not.

Westar spokesman Leonard Allen said that a distribution switch failed at 10:30 p.m., and that power was restored at 11:42 p.m. even though the switch was not fixed.

Allen said that workers were able to re-route power from a different source while they worked on the switch.

“They were able to pick up customers from another direction,” he said.

Meanwhile, the Riley County Police Department website stated that a one-car vehicle accident caused a power outage at 9:30 p.m., but Allen said he had no record of an outage at that time on Monday.

The RCPD reported online that a man lost control of his vehicle in the 1300 block of Casement Road and struck a power pole.

Allen said three power outages were reported on Monday.

The first was early Monday morning when a resident asked for power to be cut off for work at a residence. The other two outages began at 10:30 p.m. and were directly related to the switch failure, Allen said.

He also said he could not identify exactly where residents lost power, except that they were in the Riley County portion of Manhattan.

Just before 10 a.m. today, 72 customers in Manhattan were without power — according to Westar’s website.

Allen said problems for those customers were not related to the outage Monday night.

He said today’s outage should have been fixed by early afternoon, but he had no information on what caused that outage.

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