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Power connector blows out in Palo Alto

An electric overhead power connector sparked and then blew out shortly after 10 a.m. on Homer Avenue near Middlefield Road in Palo Alto.

Homer, which had been closed between Middlefield Road and Webster Street, re-opened as of noon. Utility crews continue to work to repair the connector.

The connector failure was caused by a tree branch that fell onto an adjacent power line, according to Linda Clerkson of the city's Utilities Department.

The outage affected only two homes and power was expected to be restored by noon.

-- Don Kazak

Comments

Posted by Resident, a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Jan 23, 2008 at 4:17 pm

When will they learn. Power cables need to be underground. Trees will always cause outages of some kind and the cost of repair plus the cost of inconvenience when this happens is ongoing. Putting the cables underground will soon wipe out these incovenient emergency costs.


Posted by Walter_E_Wallis, a resident of Midtown
on Jan 23, 2008 at 5:57 pm

So undergound cables never fail? Horseshoes!


Posted by Resident, a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Jan 23, 2008 at 6:24 pm

Not by falling trees or tree branches.


Posted by Walter_E_Wallis, a resident of Midtown
on Jan 24, 2008 at 4:03 am

How about flooding manholes, differential settlement, insulation failure from overloading, and digging errors. How about longer more expensive outages?
You can trim trees if you run utilities as a service not a statement. People offended by the appearance of overhead electric lines should get blinders to restrict their view o such objects.


Posted by Barbara, a resident of Barron Park
on Jan 24, 2008 at 9:29 am

The newspaper should put the date of the incident in the article. Looking at the posting date/time which is Wed. 10:58, and then the contents of the article, which includes a statement that it WAS clearned by noon, leads to confusion.


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