REU transformer problem douses lights

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By Cindy Simpson

Much of Rockwood lost power Monday after a late afternoon transformer problem.

Rockwood Police directed traffic at intersections for several hours until power was restored.

The problem was at Rockwood’s primary substation, said Kendall Bear, Rockwood Electric Utility manager.

Bear estimated 4,000 to 5,000 customers were impacted by the outage.

Two transformers were both de-energized when the breakers that feed them tripped.

One transformer has been isolated and the load switched to the other while TVA runs diagnostics.

“It is OK; it can handle it,” Bear said.

At press time Tuesday, the exact cause of the problem had yet to be determined.

A backup system kept others from losing power, particularly near the water and sewer treatment plants.

“The automation system we put in there in a very small section worked properly so some people were able to keep power,” Bear said.