Residents of Brownfield spent nearly four hours in pitch black darkness Saturday night after a section of Xcel Energy's transmission line that feeds power to Brownfield failed. The outage began around 10 p.m. Saturday night and lasted until 2 a.m. Sunday morning.
An interruption in Xcel Energy's transmission line caused four Lyntegar Electrical substations in the Brownfield region to lose power. The company says a total of 3373 meters went out, which represents 15 percent of their entire system.
Xcel Energy says they don't know exactly what caused the transmission line outage or what part of the line failed.
"We were at home and we have two little girls. They got a little bit scared, so we decided we would go drive around and see what was going on," said Brownfield resident Leslie Sansom. "We didn't get nervous until we thought about my husband's grandmother who lives at home alone. We decided we'd check on her but we had no idea what was going on."
"We saw a few people outside on their porches trying to figure out what was going on. Usually it might just be a house down, one house or a street or a block, but it was the entire town. You couldn't see street lights anywhere," she said. "The only thing we saw were a few ambulances and the fire department. You could see fire trucks every now and then which made me a little nervous but it wasn't too bad."
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