Animal Caused Widespread Power Outage

An AEP representative says an animal got into their substation in the downtown area near Depot street and caused a fuse to blow affecting a breaker and causing other breakers to lose power.
Victoria Office of Emergency Management says the outage went from Rio Grande and Navarro to Aloe Road.
Victoria Police directed traffic crossings. The courthouse and several other county buildings located downtown were without power. As well as Mitchell Guidance Center, Hopkins, F.W. Gross and Aloe Elementary.

“There was a major outage at one of their substations. There was a breaker issue which then tripped another breaker causing a kind of toppling effect onto the electric grid, shutting down a large portion of it,” Victoria OEM Coordinator, Rick McBrayer said.

More than 2700 customers were affected. All power was restored at 12:30.

1:14 pm Update:

AEP says there was a major outage at one of their sub-stations. An animal got into the breaker system at the sub-station near Depot in downtown Victoria. A breaker tripped then another breaker and that caused a toppling effect on the electric grid.

Power has since been restored.

11:45am Update:

Here’s a statement from the Victoria Police Department: There is currently a power outage on the southside of the City including portions of Victoria County. Reports are that the outage began approximately 10:45 am and the outage is from about Navarro at Colorado and extends throughout the southern part of the city including downtown. Reports indicate the power outage also includes Southwest Moody and the Upper Mission Valley Road area (FM 236). We will update when power is restored.

Victoria County Emergency Manager Rick McBrayer says three schools are within the outage area, Aloe elementary, F.W. Gross elementary and Mitchell Guidance Center.

County Judge Ben Zeller confirms the Victoria County Courthouse is without power.

Traffic lights are out at the intersections of Navarro at Rio Grande and Goodwin at Moody.

According to AEP’s website there are currently 2900 customers without power. Newscenter 25’s Amber Joseph is working to get more details. At this time we don’t know what caused the outage. But it started about 10:50 am and is expected to be out for several hours.

an a-e-p representative says an animal got into their substation in the downtown area near depot street and caused a fuse to blow– affecting a breaker and causing other breakers to lose power.
victoria office of emergency management says the outage went from rio grande and navarro to aloe road.
victoria police department directed traffic crossings. the courthouse and several other county buildings were without power. as well as gross elementary and mitchell school.

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