Power knocked out in portion of south Red Deer

A loose wire was to blame for a power outage that knocked out electricity to a city block north of Bower Place Shopping Centre late Wednesday morning.

A loose wire was to blame for a power outage that knocked out electricity to a city block north of Bower Place Shopping Centre late Wednesday morning.

Power was out for about an hour shortly before noon.

Jim Jorgensen, manager of the city’s Electric Light and Power Department, said businesses affected were along the east side of Bremner Avenue, between the Red Deer Advocate and the Canadian Legion buildings and the hotels in the same block along Gaetz Avenue.

He said a wire came loose from a main electricity line near Taylor Drive in the vicinity of Rona Home Centre.

“A wire became disconnected. We don’t know why. Sometimes due to heat and cold cycles, they can work themselves loose,” Jorgensen said.

“Everything outside is subject to issues. We didn’t see anything specific. There was no distinct evidence of what would have caused it.”

He said it was an isolated feed so the outage was limited and workers just had to reconnect the wire.

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