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Power Outages - Why They Happen and What To Do


Power outages can happen at any time. In spite of all the investment spent on system maintenance and improvements, the Electric System remains at the mercy of Mother Nature and human aclightningtivity. Power outages can result from many different occurrences and events, including storms, natural disasters, animals, motor vehicle accidents and planned outages.

It is a statistical fact that approximately 70% of all power outages across the U.S. are caused by weather-related events, such as thunderstorms, ice storms, heavy winds and lightning strikes, as well as other natural disasters like floods, hurricanes, tornadoes and earthquakes.

squirrel on power lineAnimals, such as squirrels, birds and other small animals, contacting the power lines are the next primary cause of power outages, accounting for approximately 11% of all outages nationally.

In the U.S., automobile and other vehicle accidents account for approximately 4% of all power outages. Other causes of outages include excavation and digging by contractors, high power demand during periods of unusually high temperatures, and mechanical or other parts failures.

While the City of Hamilton cannot prevent all power outages from occurring, the Electric System is diligent in its efforts to keep power outages to a minimum. For example, the City, through a partnership with American Municipal Power (AMP), continually performs preventive meelectric line in trees 1asures through a comprehensive tree trimming program, targeting trees that are near or have grown into power lines. Additionally, the City is continually investing in its generation, transmission and distribution systems, by upgrading and updating equipment and parts.

When an outage does occur, unfortunately, customers will be without service. The City commits that our crews will be working diligently to restore service to our customers as quickly and as safely as possible.

If you experience a power outage or notice a problem with our power lines, contact the City's Emergency Utility Service at (513) 785-7550. We are available 24/7 to take your call and address your issue.

Click on the following document, Hamilton Electric Outage Summary, to review outage information for the most recent month and year for the Electric System. 

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Last updated: 5/30/2013 11:07:24 AM