Downtown Dallas Apartment Building Starts Day Four Without Power

Crews restoring power floor by floor

By Keaton Fox
|  Thursday, Sep 6, 2012  |  Updated 6:09 PM CDT
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Residents inside the Gables Republic Apartment building downtown finally have power and water at their high rise apartments. A sprinkler flooded the electrical room, cutting power for the nearly 300 residents Monday.

Randy McIlwain, NBC 5 News

Residents inside the Gables Republic Apartment building downtown finally have power and water at their high rise apartments. A sprinkler flooded the electrical room, cutting power for the nearly 300 residents Monday.

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Apt. Building Starts Day 4 Without Power

Residents inside the Gables Republic Apartment building downtown are starting day four without power.
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Residents inside the Gables Republic Apartment building downtown are starting day four without power Thursday.

A sprinkler flooded the electrical room, cutting power for the nearly 300 residents Monday.

The building, at 300 N. Ervay Street, sat dark Thursday morning as generators powered most of the first floor. Inspectors and electricians were working inside the buildings electrical core, trying to restore power, according to marketing vice president Lynette Hegeman.

The plan was to test the building's main power around 7 a.m., and if that was successful, to go floor-by-floor and slowly bring up the building's power.

Shortly after 9 a.m., NBC 5 learned those tests were successful and that power was going to be restored floor-by-floor throughout the day. Tenants are expected to be allowed back in Thursday afternoon.

After the power went out Monday, crews had to shut everything off in the entire building to avoid a electrical surge when power was restored, Hegeman said.

Residents were being offered rooms at nearby hotels and a per diem for food. The apartment was also offering refrigerator clean out services. Hegeman said they were working as closely as possible with residents to make the inconvenience a little less annoying.

Power was fully restored at 11 a.m., and Thursday afternoon water pumps and air-conditioning was turned back on, workers are going floor-by-floor to make sure service is returned.

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