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LUS reminds residents about danger of fallen power lines, safety during storms

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Posted at 6:15 PM, Jul 10, 2019
and last updated 2019-07-10 19:15:43-04

Lafayette Utilities System is reminding customers not to touch or drive over any fallen power lines on the ground after a storm.

LUS states that loose or dangling power lines are extremely dangerous and can result in electrocution. Anything in contact with a power line can be electrified so be wary of lines laying in water or lines touching conductive material such as trees or chain link fences. Do not attempt to drive over a power line.

Officials ask that residents keep in mind that lines that appear "dead" may become energized by the restoration of power or by incorrectly installed power generators pushing electricity back in to the line.

LUS is asking for residents to be prepared with extra with extra food, water, batteries and power backups for medical equipment as power failures may be possible. In the event of an outage, LUS says their crews will be working to restore power to customers in a quick and safe manner.

To report fallen power lines or downed power poles, call LUS at (337) 291-9200.