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Power concerns mount as freezing temps arrive

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Posted: Jan 23, 2014 9:27 PM by Ryan Naquin
Updated: Jan 23, 2014 9:27 PM
Source: WBRZ

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Topics: Power, freezing temps, Livingston, Tangipahoa Parish, power outages, Ralph LeSaicherre, Pontchatoula, Entergy, Ryan Naquin

HOLDEN - People living in Livingston and Tangipahoa Parishes are worried more freezing temperatures could cause power outages as it did earlier in the month.

"It was very cold," Ralph LeSaicherre said. "I hope it doesn't go out again."

Power at his Ponchatoula home, along with 8500 others, went out January 7th. Entergy blamed the outage on a blown transformer in Holden.

The faulty transformer was caused by extreme weather and triggered a chain reaction, the power company said.

"They had a bunch of Entergy trucks on the highway working. They was working on it. I really don't know what happened," Steven Starkey said.

Entergy wants customers to use their power sparingly.

The company said if the power does go out make sure to turn off your utilities because it take longer for the system to reboot when the weather is cold.

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