Power returns in Schoharie County

Nearly all of the approximately 22,000 National Grid customers in parts of Schoharie, Otsego and Alb
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Virtually all of the approximately 22,000 National Grid customers in parts of Schoharie, Otsego and Albany counties had electric power restored by shortly after 2 p.m. according to company spokesman Patrick Stella.

The widespread power outage apparently stemmed from a single small equipment failure in Richmondville. A broken or worn insulator on a sub-transmission line near the intersection of Hite Road and Beards Hollow Road was the culprit, Stella said.

The outage delayed or closed several schools in the region and shut off gas stations along the Interstate 88 corridor. The State University of New York at Cobleskill closed for the day.

About 16,000 customers, mostly in the Cobleskill area, were brought back online by rerouting power to bypass the problem area within a half hour of the 6:30 a.m. outage, he said.

The remainder of the customers, many of them along rural roads throughout the region were brought back at various times, with most having power back on about noon.

There was no indication of any vandalism of equipment at the problem site, Stella said.

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