The power outage has that is currently affecting a number of suburbs in Nelson Mandela Bay has been caused by a fault along the feeder cable from Chelsea, which caused an underground explosion.
This is according to Lorraine Ward Councillor, Gustav Rautenbach, who said the problem was not at the Lorraine sub station, as earlier reported by municipal spokesman, Kupido Baron.
“There was an explosion along a feeder cable at the intersection of Keith and Melsetter roads,” said Rautenbach, who has spoken to senior electricians on site, who are busy working on the problem.
Rautenbach said according to the electricians, the problem was apparently due to moisture getting into the cable following the heavy rains.
Areas affected, based on reports on the Public Servant News Network, include Lorraine, Theesecombe, Broadwood, Charlo, Kamma Park, Little Chelsea and Mount Pleasant.
Reports of traffic congestion caused by traffic lights not working were also received. Among the traffic lights affected were William Moffet, Main Road Walmer, Circular Drive, Walter Road and Buffelsfontein.
Rautenbach said the electricians could not give a definite time frame as to when the power would be back on, but said it would be restored as soon as possible.