Kenmore's power woes may be over now that power company crews have located and replaced a faulty underground cable they think may have been causing a severe string of blackouts in parts of the village.
The burned-out section of buried cable is the likely culprit in at least some of the more than 13 power failures in the village so far this year, some up to 13 hours long, said Niagara Mohawk Power Corp. spokesman Stephen F. Brady.
"This should alleviate a majority of the problems," Brady said. "You can't build a network to be 100 percent safe from these kinds of things, unfortunately."
The news was met with relief in Kenmore, where residents in the area affected by the failures have spent the past several days watching power company trucks cruise neighborhood streets in a concentrated hunt for the problem.
"I'm definitely relieved now," said Dianne Braunstein, a Wardman Road resident who has had Niagara Mohawk's temporary power cables tied to an old tree in her back yard for the past six months.
Still, Ms. Braunstein said that the 11 power failures at her house so far this year have made her a bit leery of promises that everything is fixed.
"This should have been done a long time ago," she said. "I'm just glad we got through it, that nobody got hurt, and that hopefully we won't have to go through it again."
Mayor John W. Beaumont said most streets in the problem area -- a densely residential section roughly bordered by Kenmore Avenue, Irving Terrace, Crosby Avenue and Delaware Road -- are now off the temporary cables and have been restored to their normal lines.
The two streets yet to be taken off the temporary cables are Argonne Drive and Wardman, and they should be back to normal by Friday, Beaumont said.
The temporary overhead cables tied to trees and poles around the village should be removed within a few days after that, he said.
"We've had some rain and wind in the past few days, so it's a good test," Beaumont said. "I don't think anything else is going to happen."
Brady, the Niagara Mohawk spokesman, said the underground cable appears to have been the source of many of the area's problems. But, he cautioned, all of the failures on the area's two problematic feeder lines can't be pinned to the single fault.
Crews now believe tree limbs and possibly car and animal accidents could be causes for a few of the string of failures.