Tuesday, January 8, 2013
'Lights out' has a different meaning for about 400 residents.
It's winter, it's snowed and that combination assisted in knocking the lights out in Belmont for about five percent of customers of the Belmont Municipal Light Department on Sunday, Jan. 6. The power outage occurred at approximately 11:30 a.m. and was concentrated in the Waverley Square area, according to the Light Department's Jennifer Santoro, lasting for about 90 minutes for some but the majority of customers affected had their power restored within the first 30 minutes. The blackout, which affected a little more than 400 customers, was caused when an underground cable failed.
Monday, January 30, 2012
Second overhanging cable failure in the past two weeks.
The power outage that effected Chester Road and an area near the Chenery Middle School Sunday was due to a failure of overhead cables, according to the Belmont Municipal Light Department. Jennifer Santoro, spokeswoman of the Department, said the power went out at 6:30 p.m., Jan. 29, in the Chester Road/Hurd Road area, impacting approximately 175 customers. The outage lasted for about 50 minutes until repair crews located the faulty cable. The accompanying map indicates calls to Belmont Police reporting the power outage. Sunday was the second time an overhead cable failure caused neighborhoods to lose power, the first incident was on Jan. 15. The failure of an underground cable resulted in a blackout on Dec. 18.
Tuesday, November 22, 2011
Transmission line failure sends nearly 20 percent of Belmont in the dark.
A system that should have diverted power to customers due to a failure where electricity comes into Belmont plunged nearly a fifth of Belmont Municipal Light Department customers in the dark around night fall yesterday. The power outage that took place at approximately 4:45 p.m. Monday, Nov. 21, was caused by a failure of one of the electrical transmission lines coming from Cambridge, said Jennifer Santoro, BMLD spokeswoman. "There is a mechanism in place that is supposed to sense the fault and automatically switch all affected customers to the alternate feed (line)," said Santoro in an e-mail to Belmont Patch. However, that piece of equipment malfunctioned and as a result, about 2,000 BMLD customers lost power for about 45 minutes, said…