Downed tree causes Thursday power outage

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1,500 customers without electricity for about four hours

By Jesef Williams

A fallen tree caused more than 1,500 Duke Energy customers in Lancaster to lose power early Thursday, May 23.

Rick Jiran, the utility company’s district manager, said a “big tree” fell on a power line about 6 a.m., knocking down two spans of lines. A span is the distance between two utility poles.

Jiran said 1,556 Duke Energy customers lost electricity. The outages were along the eastern end of the Lancaster city limits, as well as areas outside the city limits, such as Greenbriar Drive.

Affected roads included Robinson Road, Chesterfield Avenue, East Arch Street and Flat Creek Road (S.C. 903) as far east as the Antioch Community.

Crews responded immediately after the outage occurred and all power was reportedly restored by 10:15 a.m. Thursday.

“Naturally, we’re sorry for any inconvenience it caused for our customers,” Jiran said.


Contact reporter Jesef Williams at (803) 283-1152