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UPDATE: Power restored to downtown customers; cause of outage reported as contractor hitting an underground line

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Traffic lights without electricity in downtown Columbia on Friday, Oct. 30, 2020.
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This screen grab of the Columbia Water and Light outage map shows affected areas on Friday, Oct. 30, 2020.

UPDATE 8:13 P.M.: Columbia Water & Light is reporting the outage was caused when a private boring contractor struck an underground line.

Officials say no one was injured.

Crews will do repairs tomorrow during the day.

UPDATE 7:06 P.M.: The City of Columbia Power outage map is showing no power outages currently.

Still no word yet on what caused the power outage.

This is the second power outage since Oct. 15.

UPDATE 6:17 P.M.: Crews on scene are reporting lights went back on Broadway.

The City of Columbia Power outage map is showing four power outages affecting 841 customers at 6:20 p.m.


A power outage affected traffic lights in Columbia during the evening rush Friday and took out electricity to more than 900 addresses, officials said.

Emergency dispatchers sent out an alert at about 5 p.m. saying the outage in the downtown area was causing a traffic hazard. The Columbia Water and Light outage map initially showed five separate outages along College Avenue between Rogers Street and Broadway at about 5:15 p.m.

By about 5:30 p.m., city of Columbia spokesman Brian Adkisson said the outage downtown was affecting 934 customers. Adkisson said a fault in the circuit from the power plant to downtown led to the outage and crews were working on repairs.

A problem in underground conductors caused an outage downtown two weeks ago that also affected more than 900 customers. It wasn't clear if the two outages were related.

Check back for updates to this developing story.

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