Blown fuse sparks outage

A wire down on Peach and Hill caused several blocks to momentarily lose power just minutes ago, according to Entergy Representative Bill Luther.

“Everybody’s lights blinked on that circuit, but it resets automatically,” he said. “That boom was the fuse blowing when it separated from the circuit.”

UPDATE: Luther just reported that a truck hit a pole at the intersection of Peach and Hill, knocking it down and causing the outage.

UPDATE II (10 a.m.): Entergy representatives are currently knocking on doors along Peach Street to let 10 businesses know they’ll shortly be without power for the next hour or two until the pole and wires have been restored, Luther said.

Exactly 643 people saw their lights blink around 8:30 a.m., he added.

UPDATE III (10:45 a.m.): Power will be out for five hours along Peach Street, affecting 10 commercial customers, Luther said.

The food service truck that crashed into the pole may have caused cable/phone outages as well, he added, but couldn’t be sure as Entergy doesn’t service those lines.

UPDATE IV (11:15 a.m.): Ten customers on Jefferson, East Main, North Washington and North West lost cable, Internet and phone service this morning, according to Suddenlink representatives.

Suddenlink will begin their repairs after Entergy is finished restoring the pole and electrical wiring.

In other news, the El Dorado Police Department says the driver has not been cited for the accident.

UPDATE V (2:45 p.m.): Power was returned to Entergy’s 10 commercial customers along Peach Street at 12 p.m., Luther said.

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