Lightning strike is cause of outages

After a few smaller rainfalls over the weekend, a brief but heavy rain finally poured down on Sabetha Monday morning, Sept. 18. With the much needed rain, however, came a series of unwanted power blinks and extended outages throughout the day and evening Monday and into Tuesday.

Monday’s rainfall amounted to .55 of an inch in the area and was accompanied by lightning. A lightning strike to equipment is thought to be the cause of the outages, City Administrator Doug Allen said Tuesday morning.

Outages and blinks occurred throughout the day Monday — with the longest stretch being three hours.

Allen said the blinks and outages are mostly isolated in the electrical loops that cover downtown businesses, the Apostolic Christian Home area and the southeast area of the community, though a few other areas were briefly affected.

On Monday and Tuesday, Schultz Electric of Omaha, Neb., was working on the electrical loops to try to locate the root of the problem.

As of Tuesday afternoon, city crews and Schultz Electric were working on locating and fixing the damage. Allen said it was still thought that the cause for the outages was a result of the lightning strike Monday morning.

Krista Wasinger107 Posts

<p>Krista Wasinger is Co-Editor of The Sabetha Herald, where she has been on staff since 2011. She specializes in city reporting and feature stories, as well as photography and page and advertising design.<br /> Krista is a 2004 Fort Hays State University graduate with a degree in communications studies with an emphasis in journalism.<br /> She lives in Sabetha with her husband and four children.</p>

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