Temporary repairs made to utility pole blamed in Easter power outage

Temporary repairs have been made to a utility pole that was damaged when an insulator failed, burning the pole and causing a power outage Saturday evening and into Easter morning.

About 3,600 customers were without power from 5:30 p.m. Saturday to 2:30 a.m. Sunday in Port Matilda and the Grays Woods area, West Penn Power spokesman Todd Meyers said.

That particular pole, on Grays Woods Boulevard near Good Shepherd Catholic Church, carried 46,000 volts, so the scope of the outage was not unusual for such a “major” distribution line, Meyers said.

Insulators are ceramic, he said, and keep “hot” electrical wires from coming into contact with the wooden poles. But, for a variety of reasons, such as extreme cold and age, the insulators can fail, causing the poles to burn.

Eventually, the new pole will be permanently set, Meyers said.