Northcentral EPA

Northcentral Electric Power Association Thursday had to deal with a power outage that affected thousands of its customers in the Olive Branch and nearby areas. 

A vast majority of Olive Branch and adjacent areas found themselves in the dark, so to speak, for up to one hour Thursday morning.

Power was lost among a majority of Northcentral Electric Power Association’s customers in the city and some outlying areas about 8 a.m.

Spokesman Justin Jaggers reported that Northcentral began to lose power to eight of the cooperative’s 10 substations.

It is believed that an equipment failure at the Tennessee Valley Authority’s (TVA) Freeport transmission substation was the cause.

At one time, as many as 30,087 of the cooperative’s 33,000 meters were without power.

Most were returned to service in just a short amount of time, it was reported, however about 18,000 customers did not get their power back until just before 9 a.m.

“Northcentral linemen, along with our engineering department, were quickly dispatched, and within eight minutes, we were able to restore 74 percent of our total outages,” Jaggers said in a news release.

Bob Bakken is Managing Editor for the DeSoto Times-Tribune.

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