Power Restored In Rogers After Mass Outage In County

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A mass outage in Benton County left several traffic lights out and thousands of customers without power Tuesday afternoon, according to the Rogers Police Department.

Power was restored to at least downtown Rogers by 3:15 p.m., about one-and-a-half hours after the outage began, officials said.

At least eight traffic lights were out along Eighth Street and downtown Rogers. The police department sent officers to the locations to direct traffic, said Officer Keith Foster with the Rogers Police Department.

The outage was caused by problems with a nearby electric substation, according to a Rogers officials.

A counselor from Ozark Guidance was caught in an elevator at Rogers Heritage High School during the power outage. She is out and OK, Foster said.

The 5,175 households without power in Benton County account for more than one-quarter of SWEPCO customers in the county, according to the company’s website.

Bentonville was not affected by the county power outage, according to city officials and the Bentonville Police Department.

There were no traffic crashes caused by the outage, Foster said.