Parts of Bel Air area suffer power outage Thursday evening

December 19, 2013|AEGIS STAFF REPORT

Parts of Harford County experienced what county emergency officials called a "major" power outage affecting several areas, early Thursday evening.

"The Harford County Department of Emergency Services has received a report of a major power outage affecting several areas of Harford County," Department of Emergency Services spokesman Bob Thomas said.

The outage occurred shortly before 5 p.m. and affected parts of Bel Air and other areas.

Power was restored to the downtown area of Bel Air around 5:45 p.m., at which time the BGE online outage map showed about 2,600 customers of nearly 100,000 did not have power.

On its website, BGE reported at least 2,600 people lost power at 4:57 p.m. The area of origin appeared to be just north of Route 543 near the Hickory Bypass. By 5:30 p.m., the number of customers without power was down to 692. The cause was still under investigation, according to the outage map, as of about 5:30 p.m.

A separate outage was also reported, affecting 27 customers near downtown Bel Air, at 5:04 p.m.

According to county emergency services, areas affected by the outage also included Route 543 between Hickory and Wheel Road and portions of Route 22 (Churchville Road) east of Bel Air.

On its Facebook page, the Harford Fire & EMS Association said it had been advised by BGE that the outage was caused by a problem at a substation serving the affected area.

Traffic lights in and around the Town of Bel Air, as well as on the state highways were reported out-of-service. The State Highway Administration was notified of the non-functioning traffic lights, the county said.

Because of the loss of traffic control devices at intersections, motorists were urged to use extreme caution.

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