Archive for Thursday, March 27, 2014

Wind in Tonganoxie causes power outage, grass fire

Outage also affects traffic

March 27, 2014, 4:49 p.m.

Updated: March 27, 2014, 5:25 p.m.

Electric power is being restored late Thursday afternoon in Tonganoxie.

Crews were working to restore service Thursday afternoon after strong winds caused a downed power line along U.S. Highway 24-40.

The damaged line caused a grass fire just north of the highway across the street from B&J Country Mart and west of Studio Chanel Dance Company.

Nearly 1,300 Leavenworth County residents were without power Thursday afternoon, according to the Westar Energy website. On a map, the site shows that Tonganoxie has at least 500 customers without power.

Thursday’s outage also affected the traffic signal at U.S. Highway 24-40 and Main Street. Police Chief Jeff Brandau said the light was working again, but officers were on standby in case another outage occurred. He said officers closed a stretch of the highway for about an hour as firefighters battled the grass fire near the road.

Electricity was reported to be out briefly on two occasions before the latest outage, which lasted about 45 minutes for some. Those who reported the power returning said it came back on just before 5 p.m.

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