Morgan City dealing with power outage
The question on everyone’s mind is “When will the power be back on?” The answer is “We’re really not sure.”
As of this morning, the power outage continued throughout Morgan City. Louisiana Energy and Power Authority and city crews worked through the night on restoring generation capabilities at the Joseph J. Cefalu Sr. Municipal Steam Plant after a 6 p.m. explosion in a transformer tied to the Cleco feed.
Sixteen hours later, the assessment of the plant’s damages from the explosion are more extensive than the initial evaluation.
The Unit 3 generator that should have been able to give emergency power to start up the larger Unit 4 generator has failed to generate. Therefore, the new estimate for power being restored in Morgan City is late afternoon today, Mayor Tim Matte said via press release.
Unit 3 was generating a minimal load at the time of the fire and apparently was damaged in the fire, he said on the phone this morning.
Currently, it is the city’s plan to begin testing circuits when a minimal load is secured at the plant. Residents can expect that if power comes on briefly and then drops again, this is the testing of the loads to determine if there was damage to any other city systems before all power can be restored. DO NOT call the city to report that outage again.
Along with that, city crews have supplied generator power to the sewer lift stations within the city to keep sewer services flowing.
The city requests that residents continue to minimize water consumption that flows into sewer connections (toilets, bathtubs, sinks, etc.). This has no impact on drinking water.
Other services impacted include:
—Summer school classes at Morgan City Junior High School are cancelled today. They will resume Thursday and Friday at Berwick Jun-ior High School. Buses will be provided for transporta-tion to BJHS, according to Dr. Donald Aguillard.
—South Central Louisiana Technical College (Young Memorial Campus) in Morgan City is closed today.
—The Morgan City Municipal Auditorium is open for the general public as a cooling station for residents who would like to escape the heat for a short time. No services (food or water) are provided. Anyone requiring transpor-tation to the auditorium may contact the St. Mary Community Action Agency at 337-828-5703.
—The Berwick Civic Cen-ter is available for medical special needs patients need-ing power for breathing machines, life support, kidney machines, etc. This center is not open to public. Bring sleeping bags, pillows, water and any other necessities. This is for medical purposes only.
The Office of Homeland Security/ Emergency Preparedness would like to remind the public to check on elderly neighbors and pass factual information gained through media sources via word of mouth. Those with smart phones can access The Daily Review’s Facebook page and website for updated information and pass that information along to those without other means of access to information.
Also, remember that when power is out, stop lights are to be treated as a four-way stop.
The city council is meeting at this time. An update to this story is expected.