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Temporary power outage strikes businesses along North Navarro

By ErinPradia
Dec. 3, 2011 at 6:03 a.m.

A power outage on Guy Grant Road caused  outages along North Navarro Street on Saturday afternoon. James Munsch, left, Fire Lt. Brad Madigan, right, watch as AEP personnel repair the power lines.

A widespread power outage interrupted some Victoria businesses and left residents in the dark for about an hour on Saturday.

The power outage was centered near the intersection of Guy Grant and North Navarro Street, beginning about 11:30 a.m. Saturday.

Eglin Janssen, spokesman for American Electric Power company said 1,576 AEP residential and business customers along the east side of North Navarro Street were without electricity for about an hour.

"I took an order about 11:25 a.m., then about three minutes later, we heard a loud 'boom,'" said James Munsch, co-owner of Noot's Thai Kitchen off Guy Grant Road. "I was at the door because the mailman was dropping off certified mail when we heard a second 'boom' and saw a flash of blue light."

Munsch watched as AEP workers repaired the lines.

"It's lunch time right now. I have already turned away customers because I couldn't process a credit card," Munsch said. "Customers drive up and see the power out and they know they won't be able to eat. Granted, we are willing to cook on gas stoves, but it will be in the dark."

Witnesses said the electricity was out at H-E-B Foods Plus as well as other businesses along North Navarro Street to Lowe's home improvement store.

"I think probably the wind caused it, or the wires were weak," said Lt. Brad Madigan of the Victoria Fire Department.

Power was restored to the majority of the businesses and residences by 12:40 p.m. and completely restored by 1:30 p.m.

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