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Power back on in Baton Rouge after mass outage

1 year ago Wednesday, April 23, 2014 6:24:03 PM CDT April 23, 2014 Wednesday, April 23 2014 Apr 23, 2014 in News
Source: WBRZ

BATON ROUGE- Power is back on for nearly 30,000 people in Baton Rouge after a widespread outage Wednesday night.

Entergy blamed the mass power outage on equipment failure in a news release Wednesday evening.

The two-line synopsis of what happened came about two hours after services spiraled off line. When it started, only a few thousand were out and by 8:30, outages had tripled.

A spokesperson said the issues was centered on a "major transmission line."

The outage was clustered in three separate, large areas: the Merrydale area, Airline Highway and Florida near the mall and neighborhoods surrounding it, and extreme southeast East Baton Rouge.

A frustrated Mayor Kip Holden called the WBRZ News 2 newsroom to express his frustration with the situation. 

"The one thing I'm going to make a point of tomorrow is calling the Public Service Commission," Holden said.  He thought the company could have responded faster to the issue, or had a better grasp on what was happening.

Others, though, were bothered but made light of the situation on social media.  Twitter users created the hashtag - a way of categorizing Tweets- #BRBlackout. 

Entergy even categorized the event as a "major outage."

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