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Overloaded circuits trigger Colton commercial area power outage

By in Press Enterprise on June 20, 2017

By Gail Wesson

A commercial area and some apartments in the Mountain Vernon, Cooley and Washington neighborhoods are without power due to overloaded circuits in the heat wave.

Colton Utility Director Dave Kolk said the outage began after 3 p.m. Monday, June 19, and, “We have our crews out there trying to isolate the issue.” The number of affected customers was not immediately known.

There is no equipment failure, just increased demand so city crews will be out “rebalancing,” moving the load from certain circuits to others. “We do have the ability to move load around,” he said.

Redistributing the load on the grid should take an hour or two but as the temperatures cool the demand should lower. Days like Monday test the city’s municipally owned utility.

The Colton outage affected a Walmart Supercenter on Mount Vernon Avenue and numerous restaurants.

In a Colton public utilities Facebook post, the city asked customers to “Please keep refrigerators and freezers closed as much as possible.” The post also notes the cooling center for the city is at the Colton Gonzales Center at 670 Colton Ave.

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