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911 calls rerouted during City of Tonawanda power outage

About one-quarter of the City of Tonawanda lost power for two hours Sunday morning after an underground utility line failed, city police reported.

The outage affected the city’s downtown, police station and Riverview neighborhood when the National Grid line at Fletcher and Gibson streets failed about 9 a.m., police said.

National Grid was able to reroute lines to restore power while crews were expected to perform repairs until midnight, police said.

City police sent out a reverse 911 call to all residents via Erie County Emergency Services, notifying them of the outage and asking them to conserve energy, Police Capt. Fredric Foels said.

The police station generator kicked on and there was no loss of power at the station, he said. The 911 line was routed and picked up at the Town of Tonawanda Police Department during the outage when four 911 calls were received.