Lightning zaps Morgan City neighborhood’s power
MORGAN CITY, La. -- A lightning strike during this morning’s brief, but intense storm caused a two-hour power outage on Morgan City’s Inglewood Mall circuit.
Morgan City Utilities Director Bill Cefalu said an insulator that was supposed to protect that line blew up because of a lightning strike. This caused an outage from 7:45 a.m. to 9:42 a.m. in the areas between Sixth and Clothilde streets, from La. 70 to Sandra Street and from the levee parallel to Victor II Boulevard toward La. 182.
When the line was struck, it surged to the weakest point, affecting an underground connector feeding wires that go under the U.S. 90 bridge, Cefalu said.
It took 45 minutes to find the problem, but, once it was located, power was isolated on both sides of the bridge. A portion of the area that was without power was hooked onto the Auburn Subdivision feeder where it will remain until parts can be ordered to repair the underground problem.
When the parts are received, Cefalu said he would make an announcement to those who will be affected when their power is turned off briefly to make the repair.
The National Weather Service out of Lake Charles estimates rainfall during the 7:30 a.m. storm was about 1.8 inches.