Power back on in Baton Rouge after mass outage
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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