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Pepco has been operating a temporary fix -- an above ground cable -- to remedy the power outage that struck the neighborhood last week. Today, they are still working to install a new permanent, underground cable.
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Pepco has been operating a temporary fix -- an above ground cable -- to remedy the power outage that struck the neighborhood last week. Today, they are still working to install a new permanent, underground cable.

Last week's outage struck Tuesday night, and left hundreds of Pepco customers without power during the hottest days of the year thus far. Several federal and city agencies located in the area were forced to close their doors Wednesday and Thursday.

Crews are still hard at work this morning replacing underground cables that failed during the outage. Although power is back on along North Capitol, the power is currently being run through a temporary, above ground cable.

That's forcing road closures in several areas, according 1st St. NE between L St. NE and M St. NE, which is torn up for the cable replacement.

Another road Pierce Street NE between North Capitol Street and 1st Street NE. During the afternoon rush hour, one lane of North Capitol Street between L Street and M Street will also be closed.

Crews say they will work throughout the day until the new underground cable is in place.

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