Power in Watertown shut off at an inopportune time

My boyfriend and I were watching the World Cup final yesterday. The game was starting to get pretty good, with around 20 minutes left. And then, what do you know? The power shuts off! This was sometime between 4 and 4: 30 p.m.

I immediately called NSTAR to report the outage. Initially we were told the power would be back on around 5:30. But it didn’t end up being restored until 8 p.m. or so! According to an automated message from NSTAR, the outage was caused by “damage to high voltage equipment.”

Around 7:30 p.m. or so we took a walk to get some more information about the outage. We headed from my apartment on Mount Auburn Street beside the Cambridge border toward Coolidge Square. Lots and lots of people were on their porches, preferring the cool air outside to the stuffiness of their homes (resulting from no working air conditioning or fans).

We saw a crew working on a telephone pole in front of the Collins Gallery:

Power appeared to be out up until the intersection at Arlington Street. We ended up eating dinner at the Mount Auburn Grill, where our waitress told us she hadn’t heard the power was out down the street. On a side note, my beef shish kebab (served with onions, green peppers and rice) was very good. Strangely, though, no one else was taking advantage of the restaurant’s good food. We were the only ones there!

Luckily, my boyfriend and I ended up getting to see the rest of the World Cup game once power was restored. It was being shown again on a Spanish language channel:-)!

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2 Comments on “Power in Watertown shut off at an inopportune time”

  1. Jen Thomas Says:

    At 3 p.m., there was an electrical transformer fire at 684 Mt. Auburn St. NSTAR cut power shortly after that.

  2. Christine Laubenstein Says:

    Thanks for the info, Jen!


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