Tree causes power outage in Valley
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 email@example.com or 724-684-2667.
Show commenting policy
TribLive commenting policy
You are solely responsible for your comments and by using TribLive.com you agree to our Terms of Service.
We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.
While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.
We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers.
We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.
We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.
We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.
We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.
- Italian American Sports Hall of Fame honors Mid-Mon Valley trio
- Cal U cheerleading squad captures national title
- ‘Misfits’ shoot video for tour in Monessen
- Top students named at California Area High School
- Alleged Bunola shooter out of hospital
- Ringgold goal to foster excellence
- Lawmaker eyes Charleroi street woes
- Charleroi man charged in fatal crash to stand trial
- Holiday weekend memories abound for 1965 enthusiast
- Drug charges continue to mount against North Belle Vernon man
- Firefighters snuff out N. Charleroi house blaze, car fire