Power Outage Creates Standstill In Downtown Odessa 12/3/13
CBS 7 News
December 3, 2013
Odessa-A short power outage disturbs hundreds working in downtown Odessa.
A mainline from a substation on South 3rd street and North Muskingum broke early this afternoon, causing major intersections, and government offices to be with out power for a little over an hour.
Those over at the police station had to use a flashlight to continue their work, and had several of their computers down, causing a small set back.
Along with the police station, City Hall, The Municipal Plaza, and the ECISD building all were without power for over an hour.
But it was a local elementary school who had an unexpected disturbance.
"We attribute the power outage for setting off a smoke detector in Austin Elementary, so we ultimately wound up with an unplanned fire drill," said Mike Adkins with ECISD.
Adkins says everyone evacuated the building smoothly, and both teachers and students were let back in within twenty minutes.
Luckily there were no serious damages or disturbances caused within this hour, according to Andrea Goodson with the City of Odessa.
According to Oncor Officials, a total of 281 customers were affected by today’s outage.