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Officials: Many issues led to Southwest blackout

KCTV 5NEWS

Julie Watson, ASSOCIATED PRESS

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

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The outage knocked out traffic lights, causing gridlock on the roads in the San Diego area. Two reactors at a nuclear power plant up the California coast went offline after losing electricity. Nearly 3.5 million gallons of sewage spilled into the water off San Diego, closing beaches in the eighth-largest U.S. city.
The National University System Institute for Policy Research has estimated the outage cost the San Diego-area economy more than $100 million.