The Norman Transcript

May 13, 2013

Downtown power outage blamed on underground cable failure

Transcript Staff
The Norman Transcript

NORMAN — An electrical power outage in Norman affecting hundreds of customers Sunday afternoon is being blamed on an underground cable leading to a substation.

The outage hit about 4:35 p.m. and impacted The Transcript offices at 215 E. Comanche St. and dozens of downtown businesses.

OG&E officials reported that more than 700 residences and businesses were without power until repairs were made about 7 p.m. OG&E representative James Chappell said Monday that the problem was traced to an underground cable at a downtown substation.

The outage was limited to the Main Street corridor between Gray and Comanche streets and extended from Lahoma Avenue in the west to Cockrel Avenue in the east.

With the outage, some traffic lights along Main Street turned dark, offering no blinking red lights in either direction.

The intersection of Main Street and Crawford Avenue was dark from all directions for more than two hours.

Employees of several businesses were socializing along Main Street as they waited for power to return while others decided to shut down for the evening.