Washington D.C. Faces Power Outages

Beginning on April 7th, 2015 mass power outages swept across the Washington D.C. area. This power outage affected more than two thousand people in the metropolitan area, causing the morning commute on the public transit system to become much more difficult. Government building, privately owned business, and the rail transit system were offline as the power was cut off.

Now, why did this happen? There is a simple explanation. A power substation called the Southern Maryland Electric Cooperative’s Ryceville power substation, a vital building for transporting power to the cities surrounding it, was stationed in Maryland. That power substation caught fire after a small explosion, causing the extensive power outage. First responders rushed to the scene after a 9-1-1 call was placed that depicted an explosion.
The power at the substation was immediately shut off, and the fires were put out. Firefighters on the scene declared the area once again safe. The reason behind the power outages, however, has not been discovered or released to the public. There are no signs of foul play such as arson or terrorism, which is always a concern with events that are so close to the White House and Capitol Hill, and the authorities turned the investigation over to PEPCO, the owners of the power substation.

The power has been returned to Washington D.C.; however, the power is said to be extremely fickle until the Southern Maryland Electric Cooperative’s Ryceville power substation is up and running again. Until that time the citizens and government workers in Washington D.C. are urged to carry a flashlight with them during the darker hours of the night and evening for safety purposes.

This caution was reinforced when the lights flickered out once again at the State Department in Washington D.C. One of the spokespersons had to use her phone light in order to finish answering the press’s questions on April 8th because of the power problems in the building.

It is important to note that anyone who is travelling in the Metro station should know that power has been restored; however, the elevators are not in use for safety purposes. If you have a disability that dictates your need for an elevator, then you are advised to contact the Metro station. The thirteen railways, however, are safe for public usage.

The White House ran on a backup generator during the power outages, and building maintenance was sure to keep the lights on near President Barack Obama and his family. Through this surprising power outage, we can be sure that the first family is secure.

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