A broken breaker at a National Grid station knocked out power to just under 800 in downtown Niagara Falls shortly for a couple of hours this morning.

The power went out at about 9:30 a.m. at City Hall on Main Street as well as the Niagara County building on Third Street at Cedar Avenue but were back on line by about 11 a.m., according to Niagara Falls Mayor Paul Dyster. He noted there were still some phone issues in City Hall shortly after the power was restored.

The outage in downtown also took out power to the Niagara Falls Conference Center, and the Giacomo Hotel.

Also in the outage area, the Seneca Niagara Casino gaming floor was uninterrupted as back up generators quickly took over, acccording to Tony Astran publicity manager. He noted that a separate office building was affected during the brief outage.

Police were on hand at area intersections to direct traffic during the outage while National Grid crews worked to restore power.

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