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April 4th, 2011
Updated: Power restored after outages

UPDATED 5:08 p.m. MONDAY, APRIL 4: San Marcos Electric Utility has restored power to several neighborhoods after a brief thunderstorm with high wind gusts toppled several trees and limbs in San Marcos, disrupting power to about 1,800 San Marcos electric customers around 9:45 a.m. Monday morning.

Kyle Dicke, Assistant Director of Public Services, said that power was restored by late afternoon Monday to affected customers.

Gusty winds blew down a tree behind the Wastewater Lift Station near River Road at Interstate 35 that took out a feeder line to an electric substation. About 1,800 customers in the Blanco Gardens neighborhood lost power briefly. By 10:05 a.m. electricity was restored to over 95 percent of the customers.

A tree also fell near Comanche Hills Apartments on Woods Street, knocking out electric service and starting a small fire. Minimal damage was reported, Dicke said.

Other minor outages were reported around San Marcos due to the storm in Spring Lake Hills, Haynes Street, Farris Street and Jones Street. Power was restored in those neighborhoods in the morning.

SUBMITTED REPORT

A brief thunderstorm with high wind gusts toppled several trees and limbs in San Marcos, disrupting power to about 2,000 San Marcos electric customers around 9:30 a.m. Monday morning.

San Marcos Electric Utility is working to restore power on the east side of San Marcos after winds blew down a tree behind the Wastewater Lift Station near River Road and Interstate 35, taking out a feeder line to an electric substation, affecting 2,000 customers. By 10:15 a.m. electricity was restored to about 80 percent of the customers. The main wastewater lift station was unaffected as it continued to operate normally on an emergency diesel generator.

A tree also fell near Comanche Hills Apartments on Comanche Street, knocking out electric service and starting a small fire. No damage was reported, according to Kyle Dicke, Assistant Director of Public Services.

Other minor outages were reported around San Marcos due to the storm.

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