The outage occurred when a recloser on Division Street in Great Barrington failed to restore electric power after a power line experienced a temporary shortage. Reclosers, like circuit breakers, shut off power when problems with lines occur. When the cause of the shortage -often lightening, birds, fallen tree branches or car crashes - clears itself from the electric line, reclosers automatically reopen and allow power flow to return to the line.
According to Graves, the National Grid is working to find out what caused the recloser's malfunction.
Before the power went back on at 7:55 a.m., the Great Barrington Police Department witnessed a high volume of calls. "We've been taking calls from Housatonic all the way to downtown Great Barrington," said Officer Adam Carlotto. Great Barrington had more service interruptions than the other four towns, with 1700 National Grid customers affected. 364 customers in Alford, 401 in Egremont, 65 in Stockbridge and 858 in West Stockbridge were without power.