Power outage closes school
Power outages in Stephensville, Siracusaville, and parts of Wyandotte subdivision in Morgan City occurred this morning due to burnt electrical wires caused by the cold weather, South Louisiana Electric Cooperative Association Representative Mark Caldwell said.
A primary wire burned in Siracusaville due to the cold between 2 and 2:30 a.m. today, Caldwell said. The outage affected Stephensville, Siracusaville and parts of Wyandotte subdivision in Morgan City.
Power was restored after several hours, but then went out again due to another burnt wire at Roderick Street and La. 182 in Morgan City, Caldwell said.
As of about 9:45 a.m., workers were repairing the wire, and Caldwell expected power to be restored within an hour to an hour and a half.
Stephensville Elementary School did not have school today due to the power outage in Stephensville, Lottie Beebe, St. Martin Parish superintendent of schools, said.
With the cold temperatures and lack of heat for several hours, Beebe said she “didn’t want to place children in the cold and without water and such.”
Beebe said she learned of the situation around 5:30 a.m. and confirmed around 6:15 a.m. that the power was out. The school made parent calls to notify families that school was closed today.
St. Mary Parish Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness Executive Director Duval Arthur said St. Mary Parish did not see any other issues last night or this morning related to cold weather.