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Written by Wauneta Breeze   
Thursday, 21 January 2016 18:55

By Pat Holder

The Wauneta Breeze


A brief power outage causing the electricity to snap off and on Wednesday, Jan. 13 was enough to put village technicians and support personnel to work.

The original outage at 7:38 p.m. MT was caused by a blown fuse which had enough power to blow open the door of the fuse box.

A crew sent by Southwest Public Power District tried another fuse which also blew. Further inspection revealed the problem lay with one of three big main transformers.

That determination set into motion the plan to replace the broken transformer with a spare that was on hand for just such occurrences. Cold weather conditions, a reported low temperature of 23 degrees, lent urgency to the replacement being installed.

Village Superintendent Bill Bischoff, who was in Lincoln that night, coordinated efforts, contacting SWPPD’s Jim Dyer who sent another SWPPD crew. Bischoff then contacted Village Board member Page Johnston who called in Lloyd Sinner to bring a wrecker which was necessary for the transformer replacement. Meanwhile, Village Clerk Evelyn Skelton issued a code red to residents. 

Bischoff also contacted Chase County Emergency Management Director Duane Dreiling who brought a portable light tower.

The transformer replacement took from approximately 8:15 p.m. MT to 11:30 p.m. MT after which power was restored to the village with no further interruptions.

Curtis Kayton of SWPPD commented that “good communication and planning helped the swap go smoothly.”

Bischoff said he had nothing but praise for the village crew, SWPPD, Sinner, Dreiling, Dyer, Johnston, Skelton, volunteers and everyone who assisted in getting the power back on.