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National Grid Explains Recent Power Outages

Granby power outagesGRANBY, Mass. (WGGB) — At around 5 P.M. Monday night, parts of Granby, Belchertown and Amherst went dark.

Power to 4700 National Grid customers got knocked out after their equipment failed while crews were working on Granby’s State Street.

It took until 11:30 Monday night to restore that power, police say the last of it went back on at 1:30 this morning.

When a similar event happened around Thanksgiving, the town’s public school made the most of it. “Luckily at East Meadow school, we had a pajama day the half day before Thanksgiving, the kids thought it was fabulous. It fit with the theme,” said Isabelina Rodriguez, Superintendent Granby Public Schools.

Even though the school has a generator, more outages would come, including one on Saturday evening. “That surge caused a problem to our network and it took a good portion of the day yesterday for us to get up and running. We’re afraid of losing what we have on our network; it’s fragile as it is,” Rodriguez added.

We spoke to some fed up residents who didn’t want to be on camera, but say that their power has been out 7 or 8 times in the last few weeks. When we spoke to National Grid they were very apologetic, saying that location had something to do with Granby’s outages.

“We’re talking about a very rural area, so we’re talking about tree problems as well. We have done a patrol of our lines and poles, conducted visual inspections, to see if anything obvious caused or has the potential to cause outages,” stated Deborah Drew, Spokeswoman for National Grid New England.

Drew adds that they’ve also done infrared inspections to find hot spots, and in the next few weeks will be installing equipment that will automatically detect outages, and close lines so folks won’t be without power for long periods of time.

“We’re hoping that this will be the last time that this happens,” Rodriguez said.

Still, people in town remain anxious.

Police say they were flooded with calls from people who had lost power. If you experience any outages, of course, it’s best to contact the National Grid.

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