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Power outage in Worth County due to cold temperatures

January 18, 2003

Worth County- After the coldest night of the year so far, five thousand Worth County residents woke up without power. So many people were running their heaters Saturday night, that the system overloaded knocking out the power.

Mitchell EMC workers started working early Saturday morning to make sure circuits at area substations were in tact, so thousands of Worth County residents could have power, especially heat.

Workers say because so many people were burning their heaters due to low temperatures Saturday, the system overloaded, causing the power around the area to turn off.

Xevi Meek says he had to start this fire just to keep warm. He says he made calls to relatives and friends, who say it felt like they were on the outside when they were inside their home.

Mitchell EMC workers say they have made repairs to the system, so if temperatures get even lower, Worth County residents won't have another early morning surprise.

By 10:30 Saturday morning, crews had restored power to most Worth County customers. About thirty other homes didn't have power until one.

Posted at 1:10PM by Jocelyn.Maner@walb.com

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