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Power Outage Causes Disruptions Across County Friday Morning
web posted February 2, 2013
EDGEFIELD – Around 9:30 am Friday a sudden
power outage took out power from Edgefield, Johnston, Trenton and
everywhere in between - also taking out the phones at the Edgefield
County 911 Center for about 30 minutes. The emergency generators at the
911 Center restored power within seconds, but the phone lines remained
Other offices left without power included the County Courthouse,
Administration Building, Edgefield County Hospital, Parker Elementary,
Jet Middle School as well as Strom Thurmond. Traffic lights were out in
all three towns, Edgefield, Johnston and Trenton.
The Sheriff's 911 Center acted quickly to divert 911 calls to another
area of the building just before the lines came back "on line".
Edgefield County Sheriff's Capt. Chris Wash said that protocol was
followed during the disruption of services and no 911 calls were missed
during the mishap. Wash said that the Sheriff's Office was in contact
with SCE&G as to the cause of the outage but had no definitive
answers at the time.
Technicians from AT&T arrived at the Command Center to try to
figure out why the 911 lines did not come back online when emergency
generators started generating power. Radio traffic was not interrupted
as the 911 center and all tower location have back-up generators to
supply power in such events.
At this writing it is unconfirmed what caused the massive blackout
across the county.
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