Widespread power outage hits West Point Thursday

West Point police direct traffic in downtown West Point during the height of Thursday's power outage.
Staff Writer

A problem in an underground loop at the city's West Half Mile Road substation knocked out power Thursday morning for about 60 minutes in an eight square-block area of downtown West Point.

"An underground loop shorted out and we had to go in and bypass it. We don't know why, but it happens occasionally," City Administrator Randy Jones said of the outage which started just before 10 with power restored an hour later.

To manage traffic flow and safety, police officers manned intersections where traffic signals were located during the outage. Public works crews also put out portable four-way stop signs to direct traffic.

Jones said the city has at least a half-dozen of the portable signs for such occasions.

"We learned awhile ago they come in handy during power outages, storms, all kinds of situations. When we have time, we try to make one or two just to have them," Jones said