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A tree caused a widesrpead power outage that effected parts of Noble, Dekalb, and Allen Counties Wednesday, May 23.

About 12,000 customers, most of Indiana Michigan Power but also some who use Noble REMC, lost power at around 8:10 a.m. Albion and Kendallville were among the communties affected, as well as Garrett, Auburn, Leo-Cedarville, parts of northern Fort Wayne, and some rural areas in between.

Officials from American Electric Power, Indiana Michigan Power's parent company, at first thought an equipment failure in Albion started a series of tripped circuits. Later, crews learned that tree limbs touching a power line on the north edge of Fort Wayne caused the initial problem, tripping a fault sensor that ultimately tried to feed too much power through the circuit in Albion.

Electricity was restored in just over half an hour, according to officials. In the meantime, several traffic lights went dark, including the one at Main and Orange streets in Albion. Highway crews scrambled to bring out stop signs, while Albion Town Marshal Tom Lock directed traffic at Albion's main intersection and other officers across the area also took up traffic control duties.

At one point Lock had to stop traffic to let through fire trucks responding to a fire alarm at Parker Hannifin Corporation, on the north edge of town. Units were disregarded after the alarm, believed to be caused by the outage, was determined to be false.

Not far from there, north of Albion, two cows were reported running loose. The livestock was reportedly kept in an area protected by an electric fence, but it wasn't certain if the outage had powered their escape.

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spikereader
May. 25th, 2007 10:26 am (UTC)
Ah, so it was the tree's fault.

two cows were reported running loose

This struck me as unreasonably funny for some reason.
sunshine_tears
May. 25th, 2007 12:37 pm (UTC)
haha, you must not live in Noble County... When in highschool, one of my class mates was given an excused absence *ALL* day because they were tracking down her cows that had gotten loose.
ozma914
May. 26th, 2007 10:25 am (UTC)
My dear, you and my daughters are just about the only people on my flist who live anywhere close to Noble County. :-) Of course, they had to find the cows -- that's their livelihood!
sunshine_tears
May. 26th, 2007 03:05 pm (UTC)
lol....... my bad. +D But still! lol...
ozma914
May. 27th, 2007 12:24 am (UTC)
near and far LJ friends
I keep meaning to sneak up on you at work and say, "guess who this is?" But I never get down that way, and since I'm terrible with faces I'd have to worry that I might not recognize you in real life. :-( Ah, well ...
sunshine_tears
May. 27th, 2007 02:51 am (UTC)
Re: near and far LJ friends
lol, ask someone and they could point ya my way... everyone at work knows me I think.
ozma914
May. 29th, 2007 09:38 am (UTC)
Re: near and far LJ friends
If I ever get down there!
ozma914
May. 26th, 2007 10:22 am (UTC)
unreasonably funny
Me, too. :-) The thing is, that guy's cows are always getting out (right onto a state highway!), so it might have been just a coincidence.
sunshine_tears
May. 25th, 2007 12:36 pm (UTC)
lmao, the tree was trying to let the cows out. ;-)
ozma914
May. 26th, 2007 10:22 am (UTC)
It's Mother Nature, getting back at us ...
yume_kokoro
May. 25th, 2007 12:46 pm (UTC)
ah Loose Cow calls. No day is complete without 2 or 3 of these...
ozma914
May. 26th, 2007 10:24 am (UTC)
Since this is a rural area, that kind of call isn't at all uncommon here. Horses, too. Some of the officers have trouble taking those details seriously, but I was at a fatal truck accident one night caused by a huge black bull that wandered onto the roadway. Suddenly, much more serious. :-(
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