Power restored for Clinton residents

CLINTON, SC (WSPA) – Power was restored Thursday night for hundreds of upstate residents who were without power in Clinton due to a malfunctioned transformer.

City officials said they first noticed an issue around 7 a.m. Thursday when a transformer went out at the city’s substation off of Gary Street.

City leaders said the snow and ice could have played a factor in the transformer malfunction, but said there’s no exact reason yet.

Crews then hauled in a 35,000 pound back up transformer across town, and spent hours getting the lights and heat up and running again.

The city said there were initially about 1,100 people without power, then that number fell to 100 for most of the day. All 1,100 were then back without power for a shorter period of time while crews got the new transformer working.

“Our electric line guys are out here in the cold. They don’t care if it’s getting our citizens back with power,” Amanda Greer, Clinton city manager, said. “We have people that have small children. We’ve got people that are emergency, that are on oxygen, and things like that, so we’ve got to make sure that we’re taking care of our customers.”

The city also offered a warming shelter for anyone seeking refuge from the cold.

City officials told us that this is the first time in 30 year that they had to deal with this kind of issue.