Midtown power outage Wednesday caused by falling tree branch

The Sacramento Municipal Utility District said power was restored to about 900 Sacramento customers who lost power for about an hour Wednesday.

Power went out at 11:28 a.m. SMUD’s online power-outage map showed the affected area between 16th and 19th streets, north of J Street, in midtown. Homes and businesses spanning an area beyond the 19th, G and H boundary were affected.

SMUD spokesman Christopher Capra said the outage was caused by a tree branch falling on a primary, 21,000-volt line on the west side of 19th Street, between G and H streets.

Capra said power to most of the affected customers was restored by 12:10 p.m. as utility crews rerouted power in the downtown area.

Full power was restored to the area at 12:25 p.m.

Capra noted that hospitals downtown are equipped with backup power in the event of general electrical outages.

Mark Glover: 916-321-1184, @markhglover