Posted: Jun 27, 2012 5:41 PM by Russell Jones
Updated: Jun 27, 2012 5:41 PM
MORGAN CITY - Crews continued the long process of replacing a burned-out transformer in Morgan City that exploded last night, cutting power to most of the city.
The ruined transformer was removed earlier this evening, and workers still have to move a new transformer in and connect it to the power grid. Even that might bring the lights and air conditioners back on to local residents, though.
"One of the challenges is figuring out of there are any other issues we don't know about, and won't know about until we put power into the system," said Morgan City Mayor Tim Matte.
It's been 20 hours since the transformer at the municipal steam plant exploded, and the 6,300 people who lost power have been working to make do in the triple-digit heat the best they can. Shelters were set up in nearby Berwick for the disabled, and a gym's pool was opened to the public for people to come cool off.
Workers hope to have power fully restored later this evening. Some were working to restart the old steam plant, and eight-hour process which would restore about two-thirds of the city's power.
"Unfortunately some of these things just take some time, and that's where we are right now," Mayor Matte said.