Sunday outage in Fredonia leaves residents powerless for three hours

By 
DAN BENSON
Ozaukee Press Staff

About 2,400 residents in and around Fredonia, plus a village well pump, lost power last weekend for more than three hours after a storm swept through the area.

We Energies spokeswoman Alison Trouy said power went out just before 3 p.m. Sunday, June 30. All customers had power restored by 6:20 p.m., she said.

The outage was due to a defective insulator, but it was unclear what caused the failure, Trouy said.

“It could have been related to the storm,” she said.

Fredonia Village Public Works Director Roger Strohm said pumps to two village wells lost power as well.

Ordinarily it would not be a problem, he said, but one well that normally is connected to a back-up generator was down for repairs, he said.

“The other well is not so easy to hook up” to a generator, Strohm said. “We were a little concerned about losing pressure if too much water use would occur.”

The village sent a message to residents asking that they conserve water while power was down to avoid a drop in pressure.

Local electrician John Thill came in to  hook up a generator and by 4 p.m. the pump was operating, according to Strohm.

“We never lost pressure. Another crisis averted,” Strohm said.

The village suffered no downed trees and very little damage, he said.

“We had a fairly heavy branch-chipping list (on Monday),” Strohm said. “Some of that could have been because of the storm but no trees came down.”

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