Pole problem causes 2-hour power outage

HOUGHTON – A problem with a power pole Sunday caused a temporary electricity outage for some Upper Peninsula Power Company customers.

Jodi Pineau, UPPCO customer operations supervisor in the company’s Ishpeming office, said a transmission pole caught fire, which affected two substations in Houghton, which provide power to all of Houghton and the surrounding area.

Pineau said power went out at 10 p.m. Sunday for about two hours. About 6,500 to 7,000 customers were affected in Atlantic Mine, Chassell south to the Baraga County line, Houghton, Painesdale, South Range, and Tapiola, but crews were able to get the power going again.

“They made some temporary repairs to get power back on,” she said.

The transmission pole which caught fire is owned by Wisconsin-based American Transmission Company, Pineau said, and the distribution of the electricity is owned by UPPCO, which will be working with ATC to replace the damaged pole.

As of 9:30 this morning, Pineau said all customers affected had power restored.