Pesky outage leaves commissioners in the dark

Junior Gonzalez

A power outage disrupted approximately 6,000 customers early Wednesday morning in York County, prompting an early dismissal at Central York High School and briefly delaying the start of a Board of Commissioners meeting at the nearby York County Fire School.

The York County commissioners meeting on Wednesday morning was disrupted by a power outage. The meeting went on without much ado after it was relocated to a room with large windows.

Central York High School experienced a power outage sometime after 9:30 a.m. and dismissed students at 11:30 a.m. because of the outage, said Julie Romig, communications director for the district. Romig said service was restored later in the day.

Shortly before its scheduled start, the York County commissioners meeting at the York County Fire School was moved to a room with more windows.

Richard Halpin, director of the fire school, said that despite the outage, the meeting went well and the staff had no issues coming up with an impromptu response.

“We’re an emergency response team; that’s what we do,” he said.

Halpin said that as of shortly before noon, power had been restored at the fire school.

Met-Ed spokesman Scott Surgeoner said the initial outage occurred at 9:49 a.m., caused by a problem on a large transmission line. Shortly thereafter, at 10 a.m., crews restored power to approximately 3,000 customers.

Surgeoner said the outage was unrelated to a similar outage that left approximately 2,000 customers without power for a brief time Tuesday evening.

By 1 p.m. Wednesday, the outage was no longer listed as ongoing, according to Met-Ed’s power outage website.