Tuesday, April 29, 2008

Tree caused power outage Saturday

A large spruce tree caused a power outage of more than two hours Saturday, starting just after noon, when it snapped off near its base due to the wind and lodged against power lines. The tree was located on the lot northwest of the intersection of USH 63 and Franklin Street.

According to Gary Newton, Chief of the Baldwin Station of United Fire and Rescue, Excel Energy crews first cut power and then removed the tree from the line. The power outage extended throughout the village.

After the tree was removed from the line, members of the Baldwin Department of Public Works removed the tree while United Fire and law enforcement personnel re-routed traffic from USH 63 and around the downed tree. Power was restored to the village shortly after 2:00 p.m. Public Works employees stayed on the scene until about 3:00 cleaning up the tree.