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Hope Star - Hope, AR
  • Hope power goes dark

  • All of Hope, Oakhaven, Shover Springs, and part of Spring Hill were left in the dark when a fault on a transmission station caused a switch to open, according to Russell Cornelius, electrical services manager for Hope Water and Light Corp.
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  • All of Hope, Oakhaven, Shover Springs, and part of Spring Hill were left in the dark when a fault on a transmission station caused a switch to open, according to Russell Cornelius, electrical services manager for Hope Water and Light Corp.
    The power failure occurred during the early hours Friday morning, Cornelius said.
    At 1:46 a. m., when the switch opened, the Hope Water and Light electric system went down,” Cornelius said. “All of our customers were affected.”
    HWL serves a large portion of Hempstead County.
    There were approximately 7,500 meters affected,” Cornelius said. “We service 110 square miles, which is a pretty large area.”
    Three trucks were at the scene of the transmission station, which is located on U.S. Highway 67 between Hope and Fulton. The station is the site of HWL's main interconnect with its bulk service provider AEP/Southwestern Electric Power Co.
    Power has to be restored in stages after such a massive failure, resulting in a lengthy outage, according to HWL.
    We closed the switch at 4:08 a. m. on Friday morning,” Cornelius said. “We haven't determined a cause yet, but that is still being investigated.”
    A similar power failure occurred in mid-October, when two buzzards roosted between two main transmission lines and were electrocuted when their wings completed a short circuit between the two power lines.
     

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