Utility equipment succumbs to cold

Some rural Lyon County residents had an uncomfortable morning after their power went out early Monday.

Lyon-Coffey Electric General Manager Scott Whittington says two substations had issues early Monday, one at Americus and one north of Emporia.

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Whittington says the combination of extreme cold and wind caused the issues. He says that combination can easily pinpoint any weaknesses in a power grid.

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Roughly 300 customers went without power. Residents near Neosho Rapids, Reading and rural areas north of Emporia reported to KVOE News they were without power for one to three hours Monday morning. Power started coming back online shortly after 9 am.

Isolated city, county office phone service briefly disconnected

Emporia and Lyon County phone service had sporadic issues Monday morning.

Calls to White Auditorium and the Lyon County Courthouse could go through, but calls to offices such as Public Works, the Lyon-Chase County Transfer Station and Noxious Weed could not.

City Facilities manager Ed Rathke says there was a weather-related equipment failure for those selected offices. Service was out for roughly two hours.

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