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City plans outage overnight to replace electric pole

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From staff reports

Monday, August 12, 2019

Elizabeth City will have to cut power around the western part of Ehringhaus Street overnight to replace an electrical pole, the city announced Monday afternoon.

Crews worked overnight Friday to fix the outage caused by a severe thunderstorm that bent over power poles, but more work is still needed, City Manager Rich Olson explained in a press release and interview Monday.

The city is using a digger derrick to hold up the bent power pole by the Wendy's restaurant at the corner of Ehringhaus and McArthur Street, he noted.

Olson said crews will have to cut power to some 1,000 to 1,200 customers from about midnight to 6 a.m. to replace the pole. The affected area extends along Ehringhaus between Westover and the Panera Bread restaurant just past Halstead Boulevard, and from Walker Avenue to Hughes Boulevard.

The city tried to minimize the inconvenience, but Olson said a few fast-food restaurants in the area, including Cook Out, are open late and would be affected. The city tried to notify all affected businesses, he said.

Olson also said the outage would not affect apartment complexes along Walker Avenue.

Olson said Friday's storm could cost the city as much as $40,000, including replacing infrastructure and labor costs.

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