Outage linked to wet weather

MORGAN CITY, La. — City workers had to turn off the breaker that powers Lakeside Subdivision Tuesday night after winds from a storm caused wet tree branches to make contact with electrical wires causing the wires to short out, Morgan City Utilities Director Bill Cefalu said.

City workers turned off the breaker at about 9 p.m. to fix the low-voltage wires, Cefalu said.

“It was quicker to fix it with just turning the breaker off than trying to isolate the area,” Cefalu said. Power was turned back on by about 10 p.m., he said.

Tree branches got into the secondary electrical wires in Lakeside Subdivision that burnt out, which are the low-voltage wires that run through the subdivision, Cefalu said.

Turning the breaker off to fix this type of issue is general procedure, Cefalu said. The breaker had to be shut off because wires burnt out in an area that city workers could not isolate, he said.

Secondary wires are electrical wires that run between houses which residents hook their electricity to. The wires run underground from the transformer to the backyards of residences and connect to the utility poles above ground, Cefalu said.

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