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Power outage strikes mall area

By By Sheila Blackmon/The Meridian Star
Nov. 14, 2001
Several businesses near and in the Bonita Lakes Mall went without power Tuesday night after an underground Mississippi Power Co. equipment failure.
Company spokesman Kurt Brautigam said Pier 1 Imports and Citizens National Bank lost power at about 5 p.m. A failed underground electrical switch caused the power outage.
At about 6 p.m., power company crews shut down power to J.C. Penney, OfficeMax, Old Navy and Shoe Carnival so they could re-route electric service and repair the switch.
Power was restored to J.C. Penney, OfficeMax, Old Navy and Shoe Carnival in less than 30 minutes, Brautigam said, and to Pier 1 and Citizens National Bank at about 10 p.m.
Power company crews are investigating what caused the switch failure, Brautigam said, adding that the switch has been repaired.

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