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Power Failure Causes Extensive Damage To Sheriff’s Department

San Andreas, CA — $75,000 is the total amount of damage that was caused by a power spike in the Calaveras County Sheriff´s Department last Friday.

Thursday of last week a San Andreas transformer blew but the department´s generator kicked in and all was well. That was not the case when still another transformer failed Friday. The department´s generator followed suit and as a result a power spike knocked out workplace computers, shut down the jail´s fire alarm system and damaged the radio system and the uninterrupted power source wiring.

Undersheriff Michael Walker says if there was a “silver lining” to the entire incident it is thanks to Sgt. Dave Seawell who had been working for the past year on a process that would protect the department from such a power failure. Due to his efforts the department was able to successfully hand off all 911 emergency calls to a second party during the outage.

Written by Bill Johnson