110 W. New York Ave.
DeLand, FL 32720
Power restored after midday outage in DeLand
2,738 customers affected
posted Jul 9, 2013 - 1:34:31pm
UPDATE 3:50 P.M. TUESDAY, JULY 9 — DeLand City Manager Michael Pleus said the lights at City Hall came back on around 3 p.m.
The power outage came at a somewhat inconvenient time, he said. The City Hall generator was being checked and a repair made so it would be ready in case it's needed next week, when Tropical Storm Chantal may pay a visit to our area. When the power went, City Hall went dark.
The exception was the Utilities Department, which has a separate backup unit, Pleus said. Staff was able to assist customers with bills and questions as usual.
UPDATE 2:38 P.M. TUESDAY, JULY 9 — The power was restored in Downtown DeLand at 2:34 p.m., about 25 minutes ahead of Duke Energy's estimated restoration time. The Duke Energy outage map still shows some outages around town. A company representative was trying to verify if any outages remain. Spokesman Sterling Ivey confirmed at 3:07 that some people are still without power.
"We're in the process of restoring it," he said. Everyone's power should be restored by around 4 p.m.
PREVIOUSLY REPORTED — Some 2,738 DeLand homes and businesses lost power about 1:15 p.m. today, sending police officers to direct traffic at major intersections whose stoplights were affected by the outage.
The DeLand Fire Department confirmed that two women were rescued from the elevator at Mainstreet Center at the intersection of Woodland Boulevard and New York Avenue.
The rescue was problem-free, a firefighter said, and the two women trapped in the elevator when the outage occurred were easily able to climb out once emergency personnel opened the door.
"Luckily, the elevator was right in the right place," the firefighter said.
According to a spokeswoman for Duke Energy, the outage is the result of a feeder-line problem. She said the estimated restoration time is 3 p.m. today, July 9.
Residents told The Beacon the outage extends west of Spring Garden Avenue (the truck route) on New York Avenue, and east on New York at least as far as Garfield Avenue. Customers as far south as the 700 block of South Woodland Boulevard reported their power out.
The Duke Energy news-media specialist had no information about the cause of damage to the feeder line.
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