Ramona powerless on cold night
Residents of Ramona, rural Tampa, and the surrounding area had a cold night without power last week after an electric transmission line developed trouble.
DS&O Electric Cooperative communications manager Derrick Rutherford said the Ramona substation is fed by a Westar Energy transmission line. That line caused the power outage Wednesday night.
“The first call came in to us at 7:14 p.m.,” Rutherford said. “We noticed at the substation it was on Westar’s side.”
DS&O workers notified Westar of the problem, but Westar doesn’t permit other electric providers to make repairs on Westar’s equipment. DS&O workers waited until a Westar crew arrived around 11 p.m.
“The line was not actually energized until 1:40 a.m.,” Rutherford said. “Once they were able to correct the issues on their side, we were able to bring everything back online.”
Rutherford said 160 cooperative members were without power that night.
Last modified Jan. 24, 2019