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Power outage in Stevens Point caused by “equipment issue”

Metro Wire Staff

Wisconsin Public Service restored power to more than 4,000 customers after about 30 minutes in the dark on Tuesday.

WPS reported about 4,200 customers lost power shortly before 10:30 a.m. on May 7, centered around the downtown area and south of Clark St.

The courthouse, Portage Co. Annex, and sheriff’s office all temporarily lost power. Stevens Point police unfolded stop signs at intersections on Bus. 51 south of Clark St., where streetlights were out.

Matt Cullen, a senior communications representative for WPS, said the outage was caused internally.

“There was an issue with a piece of equipment in one of our substations,” Cullen said by phone Tuesday afternoon. “We ended up transferring the service from one of the circuits to another circuit to restore service. We basically rerouted power.”

Power was restored at about 11:05 a.m.