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Failed transformer causes power outage

Power has been restored to all residential customers and most businesses in the south end of the town of Culpeper affected by a power outage last evening.

About 5:30 p.m., Wednesday, a three-phase transformer in the area of the Mulberry Commons office complex failed.

About 500 residential customers in Country Club Estates, Mulberry Greens, Southridge, Meadowbrook and some nearby areas lost power. About 75 businesses were also affected by the outage.

Culpeper Regional Hospital, which is on a separate electrical circuit, was not impacted by the outage.

Town Light and Power personnel worked throughout the night attempting to determine the cause of the outage, isolate it and restore power in stages. Darkness hampered the effort to find the cause.

By 9 p.m., one-third of the residential customers had power restored. By 1:30 a.m. today, half the residential customers and half the businesses had electricity. Two hours later, all the commercial customers had power restored, except for the Mulberry Commons office park behind Rite Aid pharmacy.

“By 7:35 a.m., today, all residential customers were back online,” said Light and Power Assistant Director Trigg Kincer.

The crew, which worked throughout the night, will return at 8 a.m. Friday to replace the failed transformer, and by doing so will restore power to the Mulberry Commons office complex
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