Power outage - cause unknown - affecting Oakfield and Alabama
A brown out, or partial power outage, is reported in Northwest Genesee County. The cause is unknown at this point but we are seeking more information. National Grid was notified by the Emergency Dispatch Center about 20 minutes ago, and now a power company rep(s) is heading into the area to check it out.
Most of the Village of Oakfield is affected, a "good portion" of the Town of Oakfield, and half of south Alabama.
This has prompted numerous calls about the power outage and, in some cases, smoke alarms and CO detectors have gone off and there have been reports of the smell of smoke at some locations.
Fire crews in both communities are responding.
UPDATE 8:17 p.m.: We just received this e-mail from Stephen F. Brady, media relations manager for National Grid:
"The cause isn't known yet, but we have a crew at the substation and they're working to restore and close in the breakers. I was told 30-45 minutes to restoration. Number of customers affected is around 500. Our Web page is likely showing more than that, but that too is being corrected. It could be morning before the exact cause (is known)."
UPDATE 9:24 p.m.: According to National Grid's Web site, power has been restored.
Thats odd. I almost never lose power in Oakfield. I live on the outside skirts of the village. When I say almost never, like in, I can count on one hand for the last 15 years almost never.
I never lost any power and I live on Drake St. across from School House Manor.
It was at the transfer station off Maple. The trucks were out there for about 15 min. and had the power back on. Nice work Team! Got to watch the Bills win!