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Power outage hits government in Ellicott City


A power outage struck a small, key section of Ellicott City yesterday just before 9 a.m., leaving 1,133 customers without electricity for varying amounts of time until 11: 30 a.m., when power was restored to all, said Jessica Brown, a Baltimore Gas and Electric Co. spokeswoman.

The outage affected the county government complex in Ellicott City and the Historic District along Main Street, including several traffic lights. County Administrator Raquel Sanudo said the 911 emergency center was not affected.

Brown said repair crews could find no cause for the outage.

The loss of power left Howard County Council receptionist Georgia Hayes answering phones in the dark, using a flashlight to see which line was ringing. Finance Department colleagues upstairs in the George Howard Building tried to do filing in the light of an emergency generator. Power in the building was restored at 10 a.m.

Brown said BGE crews could find no damage and could not determine the cause of the problem, which was in a feeder line. Their best guess, she said, was that a wind-blown tree branch struck the line, causing a short-circuit that triggered safety devices, shutting off the power.

Crews restored power after an inspection of all area facilities, Brown said.

Pub Date: 12/31/98

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