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Power Restored To Downtown Durham Government Buildings

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DURHAM, N.C. — A bad underground cable near Durham's main library was to blame for an outage that affected downtown businesses Wednesday morning.

Power went out around 1 a.m, affecting traffic lights and service to about 40 downtown buildings, including two courthouse buildings, City Hall and the library.

Duke Power crews huddled over maps and strategized until they located the underground problem.

"The process we followed to find that thing is you have to go from vault to vault and from transfromer to transformer, checking each conductor and checking all the connections to determine if there is a bad connection or a bad run of underground cable," said Scott Gardner of Duke Power.

Power was restored by 9 a.m., but many building, including the courthouses, did not open until noon so the buildings had time to cool down.


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