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Cumming Walmart Goes Dark Due to Power Outage

A power outage forces Walmart on Market Place Boulevard to close its doors to the public for about seven hours Monday.

The local evacuated its customers after losing power Monday.

Kayla Whaling, a company spokesperson, said the outage occurred at 11 a.m. and was restored by 6 p.m. Norcross Power supplies electricity to the store.

"A contractor was excavating near 190 Mary Alice Park Road, our line was struck during this process as we have a substation near this location," said Craig Mims, director of utilities for the power company.

The location where the incident happened is about one mile from big box store. 

"We have since repaired and relocated this line," said Mims. "We are currently investigating the matter."

While patrons were absent during the seven-hour outage, store employees remained at work, many of them removing products from shelves and refrigeration units and transferring those items to safe storage. Though they did so in some lighting.

"There was limited lighting so that associates could safely get around the store and remove some of those products and make sure everything was up to our standards," said Whaling.

Food items that required refrigeration were moved to refrigeration trucks, according to Whaling. When power was restored those items were brought back into the store and placed back in the refrigeration coolers.

"Any products that didn't adhere to or meet our expectations were discarded," she said.

Once the power was restored customers were allowed back into the store.

Were you shopping at Walmart during the outage? If so, tell us about your experience in comments.

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