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Tree causes power outage in Valley

| Wednesday, July 24, 2013, 12:36 a.m.
Jim Ference | The Valley Independent
A tree fell down on a sub transmission line for West Penn Power in the woods off of Rt. 88 and Riverview Ave. in Fallowfield Township, caushing a power outage in Monongahela, Carroll Township and parts of Fallowfield Township. On July 23,2013.

A falling tree turned off the lights for a large number of people in the Mid-Mon Valley on Tuesday.

West Penn Power officials said a large tree fell on a sub-transmission line just after 10 a.m., knocking out power to nearly 2,400 customers in Fallowfield and Carroll townships and the Monongahela area.

Corinne Laboon, Monongahela Valley Hospital vice-president of marketing and community relations, said the hospital's four generators immediately restored power to the Carroll Township facility.

“Each generator performed as expected, without disruption to patient care,” Laboon said in a statement.

“MVH continually tests our back-up systems, and we have policies and protocols in place that ensure that we can deliver the high-level of patient care without any interruption.

“All essential services continued throughout the outage, and we did not divert any services.”

Laboon congratulated West Penn Power for acting quickly to restore power to the hospital.

West Penn spokeswoman Terri Knupp said it originally was believed power could be restored by 12:30 p.m.

“Fortunately, we discovered the problem quickly and were able to restore some customers beginning around 11:10 a.m. By 11:26 a.m. all power was restored,” Knupp said.

No major problems were reported because of the outage.

Carroll Township police Chief Paul Brand said Giant Eagle in Fisher Heights was closed for a short time.

“We were out at both of the traffic signals directing the traffic,” Brand said.

Officers were at the intersection of routes 88 and 837 in Fisher Heights and at the hospital entrance, Brand said.

A Monongahela police officer reported there were no incidents related to the outage.

Some preliminary hearings scheduled at Magisterial District Judge Mark Wilson's office in Monongahela were continued.

Hearings scheduled later in the afternoon were conducted.

The affected sub-transmission line is located in Fallowfield Township, just off Route 88 near Riverview Avenue, Knupp confirmed.

She was not sure if the tree had been removed, but said that the fact power had been restored was an indication it is gone.

Jeremy Sellew is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at jsellew@tribweb.com or 724-684-2667.

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