Power back on for most Evergy customers after large outage early Monday in southeast Topeka

A large power outage affecting nearly 2,000 Evergy customers was reported early Tuesday in...
A large power outage affecting nearly 2,000 Evergy customers was reported early Tuesday in southeast Topeka.(Power line photo credit Noah Boyer)
Published: Aug. 8, 2022 at 5:03 AM CDT
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TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) - Power was back on for all but a handful of Evergy customers shortly before 6 a.m. Monday after a large outage affected nearly 2,000 homes earlier in the morning in southeast Topeka, authorities said.

Shortly after the outage occurred around 4:14 a.m. Monday, some 1,890 Evergy customers were reported to be without power in an area bounded roughly by S.E. 26th on the north, S. Kansas Avenue on the west, S.E. 41st on the south and S.E. California Avenue on the east.

However, by 5:55 a.m. Monday, only around a dozen customers still were without power, according to Evergy’s outage map.

Ten of those customers were in the vicinity of S.E. 29th and Adams, near the location where a wooden power pole was snapped in half. Power lines around 4:45 a.m. Monday were reported to be draped over a box truck.

Fewer than five other Evergy customers still remained without power in an area near S.E. 38th and Illinois.

It wasn’t immediately known what caused the power pole to snap and if it caused the large outage.

Topeka police around 4:45 a.m. Monday reported traffic signals were out at locations including S.E. 29th and Adams and S.E. 29th and Indiana Avenue.

Check wibw.com later for more details as they become available.

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