Outages reported in town

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Living in a digital age, people sometimes take things like electricity and Internet access for granted. A number of Concordia residents had to do without either Monday.

Katie McDonald, who handles media inquiries for Kansas City Power and Light, said Concordia was just one area to be without power after severe storms blasted through Missouri during the overnight hours.

McDonald said the specific cause of Concordia's outage, which lasted about three hours, was not known. Generally speaking, most of the outages were caused by debris like falling limbs hitting power lines. As many as 65,000 KCP&L customers were affected by the outages.

Internet service provided by CenturyLink was also disrupted during the day Monday.

Concordia residents reported losing their Internet connection around 8 a.m. and the service was not restored until after 6 p.m.

An statement from CenturyLink attributed the outage to a lightning strike that went through a tree and damaged underground fiber optic lines.

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