Underground cable shorts out, leaving several downtown businesses without power
By Iva Butler | (firstname.lastname@example.org)
A primary underground cable in downtown Maryville shorted out this morning between Washington Street and Bradley’s Body Shop, leaving area businesses without power until 3:10 p.m.
Maryville Electric Department Assistant Engineer Steve Martin said he got the call that the power was out at 5:50 a.m. today.
At that time the traffic light at Washington and Broadway was out and the dialysis clinic and beauty shop between Broadway and East Harper Avenue were without power. That power has since been restored.
Still without electricity were businesses between Blount Chamber of Commerce and Zoomerz gas station.
That included Washington Cleaners, Full Service BBQ and Walnut Square. Sew and Vac on Broadway was also powerless.
The cable goes through an underground pipe along the side of East Broadway. When it shorts out the fuse blows and the power is killed on the line, Martin explained.
The old cable had to be removed and workers at noon installed a new primary line.