Power Restored at Vienna Correctional Center
UPDATED 4:05 p.m. WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 8, 2014
VIENNA -- Full power has now been restored at Vienna Correctional Center. The system was repaired just before 3 p.m. Wednesday.
The facility first lost power just after 5 p.m. Tuesday.
Illinois Department of Corrections spokesperson Tom Shaer says the recent cold temperatures put a strain on the prison's electrical system and led to a breakdown of a large conduit, tripping several circuit breakers. Crews first had to find the break before beginning repairs.
A backup generator at the prison also failed to work and had to be repaired. That generator began providing power early Wednesday morning, 10 hours after the original outage, but went down again just after 1 p.m. Wednesday.
Shaer says all heat and electrical systems are now working properly.
Vienna Correctional Center was placed on Level 1 lockdown during the outage and additional staff members were brought in.
Vienna houses more than 1,600 inmates and has 320 employees.
VIENNA -- Crews are working to restore power at the Vienna Correctional Center.
The warden says the facility has been without lights and heat since 5:00 p.m. Tuesday. Outside crews are working with prison staff to identify the problem.
Additional security personnel were called in because of the outage. According to an Illinois Department of Corrections spokesman that is standard procedure. Temperatures are also being monitored every hour as a precaution. So far there has been no danger to inmates or staff.
Department of Corrections Spokesman Tom Shaer says the inmates have gotten noisy, but they are not causing any damage to property or endangering prison staff.
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