State Capitol among downtown buildings to lose electricity

Thursday, August 4, 2011 at 2:01pm
Staff reports

Several blocks of downtown Nashville — including Capitol Hill — are without power after a Nashville Electric Service crew damaged underground cables.

Power went out between James Robertson Parkway and Sixth Avenue at approximately 11:30 a.m. and NES says the outage could last several hours.

Streetlights are flashing across the area and power is off at the State Capitol, Legislative Plaza, the Tennessee Tower and the Andrew and Rachel Jackson buildings. There are emergency generators in place at the state offices, but they will provide power for only a few hours, officials said. State workers were sent home shortly before 1 p.m.  

NES officials said crews are making temporary repairs to the network circuits leaving the 10th Avenue Substation. Power is expected to be restored to two of the circuits by 4:30 p.m. This will restore power to most customers.

Crews will continue with temporary repairs to bring the other two circuits back on line later Thursday evening. Buildings that will remain without power after 4:30 p.m. are the Supreme Court and Polk Apartments.

NES crews were working in the area of the 10th Avenue Substation to set new poles when they damaged the underground cables.