A power outage that occurred at approximately 9 a.m. Monday in the St. Matthews Road area was not storm related, said an Orangeburg Department of Public Utilities spokesman.
“A piece of equipment failed,” said Randy Etters. “The main breaker at Substation 12 just died. The area of the power outage was from the Old Orangeburg Hospital to past the intersection at St. Matthews Road and Chestnut Street.”
At approximately 9:20 a.m. The Times and Democrat began to receive reports of the traffic light at the intersection of Ellis and Boulevard not functioning.
Etters said approximately 1,732 DPU customers were affected by the outage.
“Fortunately, our system has enough fail-safes and redundancies built in so that the outage didn’t last for more than 30 minutes,” said Etters.