Tuesday, May 19, 2015

2,000 lose power in West Hempfield, Park Elementary closes

Over 2,000 people lost power and an elementary school in Columbia was closed Tuesday due to a fallen electrical wire, officials said.

There were 1,986 customers without power around 8:30 a.m. in West Hempfield Township, according to the PPL website. Earlier, it listed 93 without power in Columbia.

The wire fell at South 6th and Cherry streets at 7 a.m., a Columbia School District administrator said. The intersection is at the southeast corner of Park Elementary School.

The school was initially going to open two hours late, but Lancaster County-Wide Communications later reported it would close.

Cherry Street and Lancaster Avenue

Cherry Street and Lancaster Avenue

Temporary stop sign at Locust Street and Lancaster Avenue
(Traffic lights were out.)

Sixth and Locust

600 block of Locust

Sixth and Lancaster Avenue

One of the transformers near America Direct (formerly A & L Doors) on the 300 block of Poplar Street blew out this morning shortly after the downed wire incident at Sixth and Cherry.

According to LCWC, there was a 9:27 incident at North Eighth Street and Avenue H involving utility/wires.