By CALVIN PYNN
Lightning caused an equipment problem as a main transmission line went out at an Appalachian Power substation early Tuesday afternoon.
The problem caused a temporarily outage for more than 8,000 Appalachian Power customers throughout Pulaski and Wythe Counties. The outage was first reported around 2:30 p.m., and repaired shortly before 4:30 p.m., according to an Appalachian Power spokesperson.
In addition to being without electricity for the afternoon, Pulaski and Wythe residents were also hindered as street lights went out and government offices closed for the day. Members of the Pulaski Police Department and the Fire Marshal helped direct traffic through the town’s busiest intersections.
As today was the last day for Pulaski town residents to pay their water bills, the town decided to postpone that deadline to tomorrow as the outage shut down government offices, according to an announcement from the town’s finance department. The payment cutoff date has now been moved to Thursday, May 29, and payments will be due in the office by 5 p.m. tomorrow, May 28.