Power outage in Champaign result of a broken cable

Around 1,265 Champaign residents and businesses were without power early Thursday. 
 
The outage was a result of a broken cable that left 33 customers without power beginning at 3:50 a.m. In order to repair the cable more customers had to be taken offline, said Leigh Morris, spokesman for Ameren Illinois.

The majority of Champaign residents and businesses that were without power had lost it from 5:31 a.m. until 6:00 a.m.

“There was no way they could make the repair without a short but larger outage...it’s not always necessary but that’s what they had to do in this case, there was no other alternative,” said Morris.

No Urbana residences or businesses were affected by the outage.