Status: 09.12.2023, 16:33 PM
The lockers of the employees in a hospital are locked with padlocks. © Friso Gentsch/dpa/Illustration
Traffic lights without lights, no getting through on the phone: There was a large-scale power outage in Mainz on Saturday. The university medical center was also affected. Was a cable fault the cause?
Mainz - In parts of Mainz, the power went out on Saturday. "In some cases, traffic lights have failed, as well as landline telephony," the police said at noon. In the afternoon, the power supply was restored in most areas.
Shortly before 12:00 p.m., numerous people were left without electricity. According to Mainzer Netze, the city center, parts of Hartenberg-Münchfeld, the upper town, Bretzenheim and Mombach were affected. It was initially unclear how many people were temporarily without power. The fire brigade and police could still be reached via the emergency number, it said.
The fire brigade control center in Mainz spoke in a warning message of a large-scale power failure in the city center of Mainz. "Reduce your power consumption via rechargeable batteries and batteries to the bare minimum."
The Mainz University Medical Center was also affected by the power outage. As a precautionary measure, she initially did not admit any further patients on Saturday. "However, we anticipate that no transfers to other hospitals will be necessary," it said. "Critical areas such as operating rooms and intensive care units are secured by an emergency power supply." In the afternoon, it was said that the power supply had been restored. "Various systems, such as laboratory diagnostics and imaging, are now being gradually reviewed and gradually ramped up again."
The fire brigade was called out on several occasions. "Due to emergency power generators being started, there was sometimes heavy smoke development at underground car parks, triggering fire alarm systems and stuck elevators," she said. "At times, ten missions had to be handled by the fire brigade at the same time." The fire brigade control centre was considerably burdened with numerous emergency calls due to the power failure.
The police also spoke of a busy emergency call. In addition, the alarm system of some buildings had gone off due to the power failure. "Due to the failure of numerous traffic lights in all affected districts, road traffic was also significantly affected," it said. The police praised the road users for their "extremely responsible and considerate behaviour". From the police's point of view, the power outage had no consequences.
In the afternoon, the power supply was restored in most areas. About half an hour after the power outage, individual areas in the city area were gradually switched back on, the Mainz networks announced. "It took a little longer in the old town." Here, the power supply was restored except for two small areas around 14:20 p.m.
Meanwhile, the search for the cause is ongoing. In a statement in the afternoon, the Mainzer Netze wrote: "The exact cause is currently still unknown, presumably the supply interruption was triggered by a cable fault." dpa