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UPDATE: Power is restored according to National Grid spokesperson Steve Brady.

Brady says snow and water got into a switch gear at a main substation in the Town of Batavia near Turnbull Heating, causing a circuit to break.

Power was at out for two hours.

Remember, if a traffic device is out, approach it like a four-way stop and stop before entering the intersection when it’s safe to do so.

ORIGINAL STORY:

7,800 people in the City of Batavia and some surrounding areas are without power this afternoon, according to a National Grid spokesperson.

County Manager Jay Gsell talked to National Grid and has an update:

“What happened is that at the Batavia substation which is located near Turnbull Heating and Genesee Lumber a circuit breaker exploded – thankfully they said not a transformer. What they’re trying to do is trying to make a temporary fix of the power as it splits to these two little connections out to the grid so that they can move the bad part off the grid and start getting power back on the grid connection. Then they’ll make a more permanent repair with the circuit breaker that exploded.”

“Tentatively they’re talking around 3:30 (for restoration) if the parts and repairs go as they anticipate now that the crew is on site.”

Make sure to tune into WBTA AM 1490 for more updates. We've gotten calls from some southside residents that their power was restored.

There are also some cancellations and closings due to the power outage:

-Richmond Memorial Library closed for the rest of Wednesday

-East Pembroke Fire Auxiliary meeting tonight cancelled

-Classic Optical closed Wednesday and Thursday

-Batavia Pediatrics closed

-Weight Watchers Attica meeting closed tonight

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