A Turlock Irrigation District power outage occurred at 6:46 a.m. this morning in north Turlock, due to a blown transformer and burned underground lines. For some customers, power remains out.
TID reports that the main streets affected are Crowell Road, West Minnesota Avenue, Oxford Avenue, Northwestern Court, Georgetown Avenue, Gettysburg Street, Cole Avenue, Samantha Way, and Dels Lane. The power is expected to return late tonight, at 12 midnight.
TID asks customers to call its 24-hour service line at 209-883-8301 if they are without power for longer than five minutes.
TID also recommends that customers locate their electrical service panel to check if the main circuit breaker has flipped to the “off” or “trip” position before calling the service line.
Turlock resident Stan Van Winkle reported he was awakened at 7 a.m. this morning by “what sounded like a transformer exploding.”
TID Line Supervisor Troy Borges reported that one crew comprised of a foreman, four linemen and a troubleshooter have been on site working to fix the outage.
Van Winkle who lives around the corner from the scene noticed the crews working today and explained that for him, the outage was not a burden.
“TID crews have been working all day to restore power in the area of Northwestern (Court) and are still on site,” said Van Winkle. “It only affected us for a second.”
TCN observed that Northwestern Court remained without power as of 9:10 p.m., but that most of the surrounding neighborhoods appeared to be lit.
"When the wire went bad, it caused the transformer to go bad,” said Borges "The wire is in conduit, we have to pull out all the old wire and then pull in new wire. It's a big job."
Borges also confirmed TID’s report that power should be back by 12 midnight.