URBANA - The counting of ballots from today's municipal elections will go forward at the Brookens Administrative Center in east Urbana this evening as planned.
A power outage of nearly two hours' duration this afternoon had new Champaigin County Clerk Gordy Hulten scrambling to make contingency plans on how to keep the electoral process moving.
Power went out at Brookens, 1776 E. Washington St., U, and parts of downtown Urbana, including the Champaign County courthouse, about 2:47 p.m. Courtrooms went black momentarily until a generator kicked on lights only. Power was restored at the courthouse about 4:10 p.m. but took until about 4:30 to come back on at Brookens.
Hulten, meantime, had mobilized his staff to move the ballot tabulation process to the nearby new county highway building on East Main Street in Urbana. Some equipment had been moved by the time the power was restored so employees schlepped it back to Brookens. Also on its way to Brookens was another generator from the county's Emergency Management Agency.
Hulten said he knew of one precinct where the power was out - Cunningham 18 at 1904 E. Main St., U.
Calls to Ameren to confirm the cause of the outage have not been returned. Its web site reported more than 2,100 customers in Urbana lost power.