Damage to Morgan City steam plant worse than initially thought

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Posted: Jun 27, 2012 11:11 AM by Russell Jones
Updated: Jun 27, 2012 11:11 AM
Source: WBRZ

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MORGAN CITY - People without power in Morgan City after a steam plant exploded and caught fire last night will be without electricity a while longer.

According to a release from the city, damage to the plant is worse than initially thought. The new timetable for power restoration is late Wednesday afternoon.

Workers are bringing in a new transformer to replace one destroyed in the fire. Authorities say the biggest problem they have right now is heavy traffic around the plant from people trying to see the damage.

St. Mary Parish has opened heat relief shelters for Morgan City residents and special needs citizens.

A substation at the Joseph Cefalu Steam Plant caught fire after an explosion last night. Morgan City Police tell News 2 the plant was evacuated safely and there were no injuries.

The municipal steam plant providers power to the city and is also part of a cooperative that covers the surrouding area.

News 2 crews are in Morgan City and will have updates on work to restore power in that area later tonight.

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