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Pipeline repair causes power outage in Rancho Monserate community; service will hopefully be restored by 6 p.m. today

FALLBROOK - On Saturday, September 4, at about 5 p.m., a contractor working on a leaking sewer pipe accidentally severed an unmarked buried power line providing electrical service to the Rancho Monserate community. Power to the community was still off as of noon Sunday. Crews working on the electrical repair estimated power would be restored by 6 p.m. Sunday.

Rainbow’s general manager, Dave Seymour, said their contractor inadvertently hit the unmarked private electrical line that was crossing their pipeline easement. According to Seymour, “the community’s electrical contractor is having some trouble isolating the power and said it is too dangerous for our contractor to work near the line while it is energized so we are stopping work today and will begin again on Tuesday.”

Ramon Zuniga, who runs the wastewater system for RMWD said that the District will use a pumper truck to haul sewage around the pump station until crews can complete the repairs after the weekend. Zuniga added, “The pumper truck is a bit noisy, but at this point the priority is getting electrical service restored so the residents can get on with their weekend. We will try and keep the noise and truck traffic to a minimum.


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