The city of Pratt produced its own power for about five hours Tuesday night and early into Wednesday morning following a disruption in the power feed from Sunflower Electric, said Dave Howard, Pratt city manager.


The city of Pratt produced its own power for about five hours Tuesday night and early into Wednesday morning following a disruption in the power feed from Sunflower Electric, said Dave Howard, Pratt city manager. 

The city was off the power grid until 2:30 a.m. after the citywide power failure at 9:10 p.m. 

Emergency generators kicked in at the Law Enforcement Center and the Pratt Regional Medical Center until the city fired up its own generators.

Power to the city came back on in about a half hour as the power plant restored it by area to the city. The PRMC grid was first back on line with the LEC and gradually the rest of the city.

The generators have to stabilize before the grids are brought up individually. If the grids are turned on too quickly it trips the generators and the process has to start all over again, Howard said.

“It took us a little longer to get everyone back on line,” Howard said.

It takes a while to bring up the bigger circuits like the west side of the city, Pratt Regional Airport and Iuka.