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      $18,000 power problem fixed in downtown Columbia

      A power outage on 8th Street in Columbia required hours of repair work.

      The weather may be to blame for the failure of an underground electrical transformer on 8th Street in Columbia. Columbia Water and Light spokesman Connie Kacprowicz said it failed Monday night around 9 p.m. and again about 4 a.m. That was when the decision was made to replace the $18,000 unit, which sits between Broadway and Cherry streets.

      Eight crewmen with bucket trucks worked through the rain Tuesday morning and restored power by 10:30 a.m. Kacprowicz said they won??t know the true cause of the trouble until the transformer is unearthed and inspected.

      Twenty-seven meters were affected, including businesses like Sycamore Restaurant, the Tiger Hotel and Boone County National Bank.

      Boone Electric reported minor outages due to lightening. A power pole struck by lightening took out a transformer on Mexico Gravel Road near Glendale. Spokesman Jim Goodnight said no more than 50 customers were affected. The co-op's outage map shows current repair work in progress.