At 20:45 on Monday, January 23, while station personnel were engaged in a training exercise in front of the station, a bright flash of light accompanied by a large bang occurred beneath a manhole cover on station property. The GFC station was immediately plunged into darkness. Within seconds the station’s newly purchased emergency generator started and began supplying electrical power to the station. A MetEd crew was dispatched to investigate and repair the problem.
Once on scene, MetEd personnel determined that there was a major short circuit in the underground cables that feed power to the station and the building next door. The short circuit in the subterranean cable was determined to be somewhere between the GFC station and the entrance to the Reading Regional Airport, a distance of about 400 feet.
As of this writing, MetEd personnel were still on scene and no estimate of when power will be restored was available. The station, however, is fully operational on emergency generator power and available to run calls.
As of Wednesday evening, January 25th, MetEd has installed a temporary power feed to Station 55 while they continue repair work on the underground cables. Station 55 is currently available to run calls.