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PG&E: Cable Failure Cause of Wednesday's Outage

The outage Wednesday night darkened nearly 6,000 Belmont homes.

A failed connection between an underground cable and a substation triggered the power outage in Belmont Wednesday night that left nearly 6,000 homes in the dark, a PG&E spokesman said Friday afternoon.

The outage, which initially affected 5,728 customers, was reported at 8:51 p.m., according to PG&E spokesman Joe Molica.

Crews were sent to the area and determined the majority of the outage was in underground circuits, he said.

By 10:18 p.m., crews had restored power to 4,913 customers. An additional 668 customers had their power back by 10:52 p.m., and the remaining 147 customers regained their power at 11:15 p.m.

Originally crews were unable to find a cause, but by 5 a.m. Thursday the cause was identified as a failed connection between an underground cable and a substation.

Molica said PG&E is still trying to determine what prompted the cable to fail.

"We know what caused the outage, but we don't know why that cable connector failed," he said.

Joan S. Dentler (Editor) September 21, 2012 at 11:12 PM
Thank you Laura for solving this mystery!
Laura Dudnick (Editor) September 21, 2012 at 11:42 PM
No problem! This reminds me of the Great Belmont Outage of 2010 http://belmont-ca.patch.com/articles/power-outage-darkens-belmont ;-)
Newell Post June 06, 2013 at 05:16 PM
The power was out in the area at the end of Hallmark Drive from about 1am to at least 7am this morning. Separate incident? PG&E crews were tracing a circuit down the West side of Hallmark all night.....

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