Broken insulator puts Bedford in the dark

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Outage affects 3,500 customers

By John Barnhart

A broken insulator knocked out power to much of Bedford late Wednesday afternoon.

    According to Jeff Weddle, the city’s public services director, the outage occurred when a glass/porcelain insulator broke at the city’s Mosley substation, located off Patterson Mill Road. This disconnected the 69,000 volt line that delivers power from Appalachian Power to the substation.

    This happened at 4:41 p.m., according to Weddle, and cut power to customers.Weddle said they were able to do some switching of circuits and restore power to most of them by 6:30 p.m.

    The city also has a power feed from Appalachian power to a substation north of Bedford as well as power from the city’s own hydroelectric plant on the James River. Power was restored to the remaining customers by 9 p.m. once the insulator was repaired.

    Weddle said that the rain, which was falling that evening, didn’t cause a significant delay.

    “These guys are used to working in foul weather,” he said.