UPDATE: Power Restored After Someone Stole Copper From A Substation In Raleigh County


UPDATE: RALEIGH COUNTY, WV (WOAY) – Power has been restored for residents in Coal City, Sophia, and Stotesbury.

No arrests have been made for the individual(s) who stole the copper from the substation.

WOAY will continue to keep you updated on this story when we learn more.


RALEIGH COUNTY, WV (WOAY) – Nearly 1,000 customers are without power across parts of Raleigh County.

Appalachian Power tells WOAY that the power outage was caused by someone stealing copper from the substation this afternoon.  The individual(s) cut a fence and entered the substation to steal the copper.

The power went out before 2 pm and was expected to be back up by Tuesday evening.  Appalachian Power says they are working on getting it fixed, ASAP.

Communities affected by the outage are Coal City, Sophia, and Stotesbury.

If you may have seen anyone or have any information on who might have done it, you are encouraged to call local police or 1-866-747-5845.

Stay with WOAY News for further updates.

Tyler Barker

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