Power outage cause eludes Cleco crews

BAYOU VISTA, La. -- Although power was out for almost an hour this morning in Bayou Vista, Cleco crews could not find the cause.

The Bayou Vista Volunteer Fire Department responded to a report of a transformer on fire on Canal Road. Chief Ricky Roberts said that while the transformer sparked, there was no fire.

Two fire trucks responded to the call in which no injuries or damage was reported, Roberts said.

Cleco spokeswoman Robbyn Cooper said the outage began at 6:55 a.m., and ended at 7:44 a.m. with slightly over 650 customers out of power.

There were two occurrences around the same time, Cooper said, adding that the transformer itself did not cause any outages.

Nearby, there was an issue with power lines that caused the outage. The lines were not connected to the sparking transformer, Cooper said.

Mechanics reviewed the lines, but could not find a reason for the outage. They reinstated power and everything held, Cooper said.

“When something like that occurs, something could have hit the pole or the line and caused the interruption. There was nothing on the line that caused the outage,” Cooper said.

Areas affected included those in the vicinity of Canal and Teche roads and Southeast Boulevard.

Cooper said Cleco employees will continue watching the lines in the area today.

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