Power outage turns lights out for about half of Tahoe Donner Tuesday night | SierraSun.com

Power outage turns lights out for about half of Tahoe Donner Tuesday night

TRUCKEE, Calif. and#8212;-A tripped safety device took out power for about half of Tahoe Donner Tuesday night.

The outage, which lasted from 9:12 p.m. to 11:15 p.m., left roughly 3,000 customers in the dark, according to the Truckee Donner Public Utility District, and the cause is still under investigation.

Because the utility district is working on the Tahoe Donner substation, power is being piped to the 6,000-lot subdivision through the Truckee and Donner Lake substations, said Steven Poncelet, public information and conservation manager for the district.

Something tripped a safety device on the Truckee substation and#8212; designed to cut power when overloaded or shorted and#8212; turning the lights out for about two hours, he said.

What caused the safety device to open is still under investigation.

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