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The Rolla Daily News - Rolla, MO
  • Motorist hits guyline, causes power outage

  • About 245 Rolla Municipal Utilities (RMU) customers were without electrical power for almost half an hour Tuesday morning.
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  • About 245 Rolla Municipal Utilities (RMU) customers were without electrical power for almost half an hour Tuesday morning.
    “It was a 28-minute outage,” RMU Operations Manager Tom Parker told the Daily News Tuesday afternoon after the Board of Public Works meeting.
    And RMU General Manager Rodney Bourne said the cause was apparently a motorist who perhaps backed into a guyline in the 500 block of North Rolla Street.
    “When that happens, the pole moves and when the pole moves, the lines whip together and that causes a fault,” Bourne said.
    Did the motorist realize he or she caused a problem?
    “Oh, they would have heard it,” Parker said.
    “And they were gone when our trucks got there,” Bourne said.
    The RMU officials said someone from Muffler Mart reported hearing the sound of the electrical lines coming together and gave good directions for where the sound came from; that helped RMU linemen to converge on the area quickly.
    Affected during the brief power outage was an area around the 400-500 blocks of South Rolla Street that included the Phelps County Courthouse and Jail. It extended over to Kingshighway and Strobach Street.
    Bourne and Parker noted that RMU is greatly helped by notifications from customers who see or hear a fault and give good directions.
    Another power outage occurred a week ago.
    That affected the southeast quadrant of Rolla for about 40 minutes Tuesday night, July 22, and it was caused by a failure of a lightning arrestor in a substation.

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