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Slemco’s plan for upcoming floods in St. Landry, St. Martin Parishes

Posted at 3:18 PM, May 28, 2019
and last updated 2019-05-28 16:18:45-04

Slemco will not be allowed to enter areas that will be flooded by the expected opening of the Morganza spillway once the gates are open. This will most likely affect the areas of Krotz Springs, Butte LaRose, 3 Mile Lake, Catahoula and Stephensville.

As water rises to a point where homes, camps and meter bases begin to flood, Slemco will be turning off power to prevent damage to electrical systems and to prevent possible electrocutions. The power will most likely be turned off neighborhood by neighborhood, not at individual locations. Once an area begins to flood, the entire area will be de-energized. This will mean that elevated structures that have not flooded will be without power along with lower lying structures around them that have flooded.

Customers in the areas that will be affected should begin making plans now to move possessions and relocate valuable items, including food stored in freezers, to higher ground, according to a Slemco press release. As soon as it is safely possible, power will be restored to the affected areas.