Power Outage in the NEK

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AROUND THE NEK - Power is back on throughout the Northeast Kingdom after 5,600 residences lost power shortly after 8 p.m. Friday night.


News7 spoke with residents from Lyndonville and East Burke while waiting outside of Lyndonville Electric for answers. Superintendent of Lyndonville Electric Department Jason Lefebvre said quite a few people stopped by to find out what was going on.

"Lyndonville wide," Lefebvre said. "We roughly serve 5,600 customers, 4,500 miles of lines that cover roughly 12 towns. Burke, Newark, up towards Island Pond on Rt. 114. Sheffield, Glover, East Burke, West Burke, Lyndonville, Lyndon, Kirby."

Lefebvre said that the outage was caused by a VELCO transformer at the sub station on Hill Street in Lyndonville failing. Crews were headed out to see if they could determine the exact problem around 9 o'clock. In the meantime, LED will be piggybacking off of Green Mountain Power by connecting a line to their grid.

Power was restored about an hour later. They will now need to repair the issue at the VELCO sub station. When it is fixed, power may go out for a very brief amount of time while they switch back over to the original power source.