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Monday, January 6, 2014

Massive power outage in North Garland County

At 5:30 a.m. on January 6 the Entergy power sub-station on Fresno Road in Hot Springs Village suffered an overload and power outages started a domino effect leaving 5,000 homes and businesses in North Garland County without power.

A small area of Entergy customers around Lake DeSoto maintained power.

Around 10 a.m. Entergy started to gradually bring customers back on-line. Each little restoration had to be tested to make sure the grid held and didn't cause an even bigger outage. The power needs were transferred to other sub-stations with power to spare.

The Ponce de Leon Center was made a warming center. Pets required carriers. The Coronado Center traditionally used as a warming center was part of the outage closing the Coronado Center and the Fitness Center.

The outage ran up highway 7 to the Garland County line and over 298 past the Garland County line. Jessieville School District had a delayed opening to 10 a.m. and then the school district turned around and closed the school at 10:45 a.m.

Power was expected to be restored to the area a little bit at a time by 6 p.m. Monday evening.

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