(3:50 PM) ‘Problem’ At Power Plant Causes Widespread Outages In City

Power to numerous substations was cut due to a “problem” at the Jamestown Board of Public Utilities power plant, causing an electrical outage for several sections of the city late Saturday and early Sunday.

Becky Robbins, BPU spokeswoman, said crews were called to repair the outage reported around 11:30 p.m. She said the substations had its power cut due to the problem at the Steele Street electrical generating plant.

The exact cause of the outage wasn’t immediately released.

BPU linemen and supervisors worked early into the morning hours Sunday rerouting electricity. Each section impacted by the outage was brought back onto the system one at a time, Robbins said.

The BPU has 10 substations located throughout the area.

Power was restored to most customers by 2:20 a.m.

The Jamestown Police Department reported it received “hundreds of calls” by city residents seeking information on the blackout. Several backup generators were used to power numerous buildings throughout the city.