Power outage affects thousands

National Grid reported problems with the substation on Stoner Trail Road with approximately 4,000 people affected by the power outage Wednesday. (The Leader-Herald/Briana O’Hara)

JOHNSTOWN — About 4,196 National Grid customers in the area experienced a power outage Wednesday following reports from National Grid that there were problems with the Substation on Stoner Trail Road.

“It was basically an equipment failure,” said Nate Stone, National Grid Spokesman.

The power went out at approximately 11:45 a.m. and about 2,000 of the customers’ power was restored around 12:35 p.m. Stone said all power was fully restored after 2 p.m. “It went up in quarters,” he added.

Fulton County Civil Defense Director Steve Santa Maria said areas affected by the power outage included the Route 67 corridor, the route 29 corridor, the Route 30A corridor and parts of the cities of Gloversville and Johnstown.

Santa Maria said traffic lights were out but there weren’t any motor vehicle accidents.

This is the second time within two months that problems have occurred at the Stoner Trail Road substation.

On Dec. 5, the first power outage occurred due to problems with the substation.

That power outage affected approximately 4,500 National Grid customers in Fulton and Montgomery Counties including the Route 67 corridor by Fulton-Montgomery Community College; County Highway 107 and parts of Route 30A. That power outage lasted about two hours.

Stone said the problems that occurred with the Stoner Trail Road substation are unrelated problems. He said it is rare for the same substation to malfunction back-to-back like that.

“We inspect these things regularly to check and make sure everything is up to par,” Stone said.

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