PHOTO: What Caused Aquidneck Island's Power Outage
A utility pole that snapped in Portsmouth was to blame for most of the outages.
By now many of us have heard that a main transmission break on Aquidneck Island was to blame for the majority of outages in our area. Now we know where that was located.
A National Grid site manager confirmed today that a utility pole located at Montaup Country Club, 500 Anthony Road in Portsmouth, caused the major outage.
The manager said that the 95-foot utility pole snapped and fell onto another utility pole, causing wires to short and the outages that followed.
Power has been restored to a majority of Portsmouth residences. As of 2 p.m., Island Park and Common Fence Point remained without power.
A beached sailboat, which struck a waterfront house on Park Avenue Sunday, is causing a concern for emergency officials. The sailboat leans within inches of Park Avenue's electrical wires.
"It is a big concern," said Portsmouth Fire Capt. Mike Cranson.