Power surge blamed for rolling blackouts - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

Power surge blamed for rolling blackouts

LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) -

Police tell us that power has been restored back to normal after more power outages were reported across the city Monday afternoon. Mayor Glen Robertson said roughly half the city, mostly in the west and southwest portions of town were affected. Several people reported that power would go off for a minute, come back on then go right back off.

Traffic lights were affected, and drivers were urged to use caution. People reported traffic light outages    at South Loop 289 & Quaker Avenue, 34th Street and Milwaukee Avenue, 4th Street and Frankford Avenue, 50th Street and Slide Road, 50th Street and Indiana Avenue and University Avenue between 19th and 4th Street.

Power surges were also reported around Texas Tech University and across downtown Lubbock.

LP&L Director Gary Zheng said the newest outage is related to repairs to the system related to Saturday morning's major outage.

Robertson said when they re-routed power to make repairs, it overloaded parts of the system.

The City of Lubbock initiated a full Emergency Operations Center (EOC) activation, according to Mayor Robertson.

Unlike Saturdays power loss, this time it did not affect water.

As a safety precaution Texas Tech canceled classes for the day.  University Medical was included in the power outages, as was Covenant Medical Center. UMC and Covenant both switched over to generators for backup power.

Stay with KCBD for updates to this developing story.

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