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Mon Power: Routine inspection Tuesday found equipment that needed immediate repairs, leading to short outage in Buckhannon

BUCKHANNON — A power outage that affected much of Buckhannon on Tuesday evening came after an inspection found equipment that urgently needed to be repaired, Mon Power told My Buckhannon.

Late Tuesday afternoon, residents were notified of a “planned power outage by Mon Power to upgrade facilities.” A short time later — just after 5 p.m. — much of the city went dark for about one hour and 15 minutes before power was restored.

“During a routine inspection with thermovision cameras, crews found a piece of equipment that needed immediate repairs and went ahead and scheduled the work to take place right away,” Hannah Catlett, a spokesperson for Mon Power, said via email Thursday morning. “The team worked with customer support to notify businesses and confirmed there were no school activities going on during the outage, which affected about 1,000 customers and took just over an hour.”

Customers are typically notified of planned power outages further in advance, but Catlett said Tuesday’s repairs were necessary to prevent additional downtime in the future.

“While we realize the timing is not optimal for all of our customers, our goal is to prevent longer, unexpected outages in the future,” she said. “We thank our customers for their patience and understanding while we completed this work in their area.”

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