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Power Restored After Outage

Thousands of Germantown residents were left in the dark last night as equipment issues caused a power outage for about an hour and a half late Saturday evening.

According to Pepco spokesman Marcus Beal, at about 10:20 pm on Saturday, Jan. 9 an equipment problem at a substation, a busbar that is where the powerlines and the transformers connect tripped. And a few minutes later, on the same feeder line, a fuse was blown.

The combination of the two incidents left 5,145 customers without power, according to Beal. The affected areas were in the southern portions of the Germantown area near and south of Clopper Road, included portions of the Germantown Estates and Fountain Hills neighborhoods. A large portion of the neighborhoods between Germantown Road and Great Seneca Highway were without power, as well as the neighborhoods along Riffle Ford Road. The Outage also affected about 1,000 customers from Germantown to Poolesville along Darnestown Road.

Crews were dispatched to the area to assess and repair the problem. According to Beal, power was restored to most customers, 4,485 at 11:50 pm and the remaining customers’ power was restored a few minutes later.