Power outage taken in stride

DeWayne Bartels
Terry Fandel, co-owner of The Scoreboard, lights a candle during this afternoon's power outage.

When the power went out this afternoon in Metamora most people took it in stride.

The power went out about 3:55 p.m. The outage affected 1,811 residents in Metamora and Germantown Hills.

Mark Ulrich, who makes and delivers pizza’s at Geo’s Pizza, stood outside with co-workers. “This would be a welcome break if we could go home,” he said. “It’s really kind of frustrating.”

There was a different attitude on display a block away.

Terry Fandel, co-owner of The Scoreboard, did not know what was going on as he sat in his dark, but occupied, bar.

Eight customers sat sipping beer as Fandel described getting to work at 3 p.m. to fire up the fryers and the kitchen for rib eye steak sandwiches before the power went out.

One of the customers hearing steak sandwich said, “I’ll take one of those.”

Fandel replied, laughing, “We have them but they are a bit on the rare side.”

With steak sandwiches out as an option the customers went back to their debate of who really should have won a recent chilli cook-off at The Scoreboard.

Just after 5 p.m. AmerenCILCO spokesman Neal Johnson said the outage was caused by an underground short in wiring at a substation east of the village. He estimated it would take at least two hours to address the issue.

At the corner of Partridge and Davenport the post office and Salon Seven had power.

“My lights flickered a little, but kept going,” Salon Seven owner Chrissy Fisher said. “I hope they stay on.”

A couple of doors down at Colors 4 Hair, co-owner Pat Winkler was shaking her head. “It’s weird. Some have power, most do not,” she said.

The outage did not slow her co-owner Sheri Gray down a bit. Thought the light was low coming in the windows Gray kept right on working putting highlights in a customer’s hair.

Power came on at 6:42 p.m. at village hall just in time for the scheduled village board meeting to take place.