Last night, residents of Shelbyville, Windsor and Stewardson were without power for approximately two hours due to a problem that originated at a power substation off the Clarksburg blacktop.

According to Ameren Corporation Spokesman, Leigh Morris, power was out for approximately two hours, 5:45 -7:45 p.m., to 2,300-3,000 Ameren customers.

The outage was due to a "floater" or a power line that had become detached from an insulator. The detached wire then caused the failure of a 34.5 KV subtransmission line. High winds and snow were named as the likely cause of the loose wire which tripped the breaker. NOAA (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration) estimated winds in the Shelbyville area last night at between 20 and 30 mph.

Shelby Electric Cooperative Operations Superintendent, Butch Walden said, "We had two substations go out, one west of Windsor and one on the east side of Shelbyville, clear down to Clarksburg and that area." Walden said that approximately 500-600 Shelby Electric Cooperative customers were also without power. "When the substation on Clarksburg went out, we went out also. When that was fixed, we were able to come back on line."

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