EagleTribune.com, North Andover, MA

December 19, 2012

Another power outage in Lawrence leaves 850, including PD, in the dark

By Bill Kirk
The Eagle-Tribune

---- — LAWRENCE — Another power outage hit the city this morning.

About 200 customers are currently reportedly without power in the city. At around 5 a.m., the Lawrence Police Department lost power, according to Chief John Romero.

He said the back-up generators went on, but then promptly shut off again, leaving the department powerless.

"The police station was in total darkness," he said.

The only thing that worked inside the station was the 911 system, which has a back-up battery system to keep it running in case of a power outage as well as a generator problem.

Romero said the city is now trying to figure out why the back-up generator failed.

According to National Grid spokesman David Graves, a suspected problem with an underground cable caused 850 customers to lose power in the city at around 4:38 a.m. He said most of those customers had power restored fairly quickly, with the final 200 or so restored by 8:50 a.m.

Power was back on by about 8:30 a.m. Graves said work crews are testing the underground cable to determine if that's what caused the problem.

Yesterday, power went out to 3,400 customers in Lawrence and 154 in Methuen when a transformer blew around 4 a.m. Tuesday morning. Power was restored to those customers by mid-morning.

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