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Mayor: Crews working on power issues in Gueydan, Entergy aware of outage

Posted at 11:54 AM, May 18, 2021
and last updated 2021-05-18 14:51:35-04

The Mayor of Gueydan says that crews are still addressing power issues in town following an outage caused by a lightning strike.

Mayor Jude Reese says that the issues they are facing now are on the Entergy side. Entergy is aware of the situation and are working to resolve the issue.

Reese says the lighting strike melted a switch for the grid. CLECO, Entergy, LUS and a contracted company are working together to restore power.

KATC has reached out to Entergy for comment.

According to the Vermilion Parish Office of Emergency Preparedness Director Homer Stelly, about 85 percent of residents in the town are without power.

They say Entergy has told them that power should be restored no later then 3:00pm on Tuesday.

"We are working has hard and as fast and as safe as we can to get people restored," said Reese

On Monday evening, a lightning strike caused a fire near the power plant in Gueydan. An outage resulted from that incident.

The fire at the plant was quickly extinguished and no one was injured. A curfew was put in place later that night.

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