Outage leaves Shamokin, Coal Township, Zerbe in dark
TREVORTON - A power outage Saturday night that reportedly originated in Zerbe Township left thousands of residents without electricity in Trevorton, Shamokin and Coal Township for approximately two and a half hours.
A telecommunicator at the Northumber-land County 911 Center said a major power line was torn from a tower at about 7:45 p.m. in a wooded area between Gap Road and Sunshine Road that is popular for ATV riders.
The PPL web site indicated there were 9,134 customers in Northumberland County without power Saturday night.
PPL crews were able to restore power at 10:15 p.m.
According to Steve Jeffery, assistant emergency management agency director for
Northumberland County, the power line fell in multiple places and sparked a brush fire that was still burning as of 10:30 p.m.
PPL crews, who arrived in Zerbe Township at 10:10 p.m., said there was "back feed" on the power line from the brush fire, making it unsafe to extinguish the fire with the power activated. PPL employees were scheduled to shut off the power at substations in Dornsife and Coal Township, which caused an additional power outage in some areas late Saturday night.
The original outage pressed police, firefighters and emergency personnel into service as traffic signals, street lights and other electronic equipment were knocked out.
Some eating establishments in the area were forced to close early. Wal-Mart Supercenter along Route 61 was not affected by the outage, which mostly knocked out power throughout Shamokin, Zerbe Township and Coal Township. Residents in the Kulpmont and Mount Carmel area did not lose power.