Transformer failure cause of power outages in Cape Girardeau

Sunday, July 25, 2010 ~ Updated 11:16 AM

More than 5,000 AmerenUE customers were without electricity in Cape Girardeau Sunday due to a transformer failure that affected three substations, according to the company's communication executive, Tim Fox.

Customers lost power around 9:30 a.m.

Several traffic lights on Broadway and businesses in the downtown district were reported to have no electricity.

"Power has been restored to two of three [substations]," Fox said. "The third will require a mobile transformer that may take up to 10 hours to put into service."

Fox added that most of the customers served by the third substation will have power restored within a few hours due to a switch to a different power source, but some may be waiting up to 10 hours.

Fox wasn't sure which area of Cape Girardeau is served by the third substation.

According to the AmerenUE's website, 4,829 customers were powerless in the 63701 ZIP code, and another 335 were without electric service in the 63703 ZIP code.

Forecast highs were in the 90s on Saturday with a heat advisory, but were expected to only reach into the upper 80s in Cape Girardeau Sunday.

Look for more information later today on and in Monday's Southeast Missourian.

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