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Wealthy Street Substation To Blame For Downtown GR Power Outage

The "Wealthy Street Substation" was to blame for the power blackout that effected over 700 businesses in the downtown Grand Rapids area. (Photo: Dan Stevens)

A failure at Consumer’s Power’s Wealty Street substation is the culprit for the power outage the left much of the heart of downtown Grand Rapids without electricity for a good part of the morning leaving The GRPD, the JW Marriot, Amway’s Plaza as well as our radio stations in the 50 Monroe building on generators.

Unfortunately, the back-up generator for our building (no fault of our stations), had some technical difficulties.  (the generator died & the back-up, back-up of battery power only lasts so long).

After several unanswered calls from media outlets,  Consumers Powers mentioned the substation and that over 700 businesses were effected.

Me… I’m still a little effected.  No A/C in parts of the building.  It’s strange walking into and out of air conditioned rooms & hot, steamy, muggy and down right miserable rooms.

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