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August 9, 2002

By Mitch Kimbrell

Underground cables gone bad are the cause for a small grass fire and power outages on Gillionville Road this morning.

Three hundred and fifty customers were without power when the cables at Harvey's Supermarket cut power.

Water, Gas and Light crews has the power back on to all customers except Harvey within the hour. Harvey's had their power by around 2:00.

WG&L's Lorie Farkas says little could be done about the cables.

"With as many people as we serve in Albany, that's going to happen as cable ages or equipment ages, you're going to have those kind of outrages and we're sorry it happened, but it's unavoidable."

Farkas says these kind of outages are rare, but more and more of Albany WG&L customers are being served by underground cable instead of cables running from poles.