Power outage impacts 1,600 customers in Oneida County

Many homes and businesses were without power Friday night, affecting about 1,600 customers.

Posted: Dec 7, 2018 11:30 PM
Updated: Dec 8, 2018 8:04 AM

Many homes and businesses were without power Friday night, affecting about 1,600 customers.

New Hartford, Yorkville, and parts of Utica were all impacted. It all started around 5:30 p.m. Street lights and stop lights were out, causing Oriskany St. between Platt St. and Champlin Ave to be shut down. Genesee St. in the area of Cliff's in New Hartford was also shut down, according to the Oneida County Department of Emergency Services Facebook page. 

The owner of the Patio Drive-In on Oriskany St. said a transformer blew near his restaurant. No lights meant no business on a normally busy Friday night. The owner used his car head lights to brighten the dining room for the customers who had already gotten their food.

"Friday nights are, of course in the restaurant industry, Friday nights are one of the best nights of the week and we lost it tonight," said Larry Grudo, Patio Drive-In owner.

Utica college was also in the dark. Campus security sent out a text alert telling students to report to the Strebel Student Center and Gannett Library.

After the lock-down back in March, some students were concerned. 

"One of my friends, he did put a dresser in front of the door just in case," said Johnny McCormick, Utica College Freshman. "It was a little funny thing just in case that did happen, though that was a quick thought but everything was okay because we did make a big group of people."

The power at Utica College was restored around 7:30 p.m. 

WKTV did reach out to National Grid, but we have yet to hear back. 

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