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UPDATE (11 p.m., Oct. 30):

A spokesperson for Monroe County has confirmed that the Crime Lab, City Place, and Frontier Field have all been returned to RG&E power. 

They say Public Safety Building is currently running on generator power and the Hall of Justice is in the process of being linked to generator power. 

The county says they anticipate that all of the impacted facilities will be open for regular business tomorrow, via either RG&E or generator power.

ORIGINAL (Oct. 30): 

A power outage is impacting several facilities in downtown Rochester Monday.

A steam pipe leak from county equipment in a Civic Center Plaza control room and RG&E’s transmission failure may have caused the outage. 

A spokesman for Monroe County issued the following statement to News 8:

As Monroe County investigated the cause of the outage in partnership with RG&E, it was discovered that a leak from a high pressure steam pipe occurred in a Civic Center Plaza control room where RG&E’s transmission failure also occurred. It is uncertain at present whether the steam leak definitively caused the power outage. Monroe County is working to repair the steam pipe fitting and we thank RG&E for their efforts to restore power to the impacted facilities. 

Evacuations were initiated in an abundance of caution due to a variety of safety related concerns, including proper lighting and/or phone connectivity.

The sites impacted by the power outage include:

– Hall of Justice (closed for the remainder of the day)

– City Place (closed for the remainder of the day)

– Monroe County Crime Lab (currently on generator power)

– Monroe County Public Safety Building  (closed for the remainder of the day)

– Monroe County Jail (currently on generator power)

– Frontier Field

Residents with active court cases impacted by the closure of the Hall of Justice should visit to check the status of their case before 7:00 a.m. Tuesday.

There is no timetable for the restoration of power at this time. 

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