It’s normally never a good thing to get a call at 5 in the morning.
“This morning I received a call from our bus supervisor because the bus drivers get out really early,” said St. Landry Parish Superintendent Patrick Jenkins.
It was the bus drivers that helped alert the school system about power outages in the area.
” We had a number of schools that were affected by loss of power,” said Jenkins.
Over twelve schools were affected.
According to SLEMCO grid issues caused outages in St. Landry, Evangeline and Avoyelles parishes.
An issue that is very rare.
“Normally, you may have one issue that might would happen and then you would back feed and you would have a redundant way to serve the customers, but there was like 2 different problems that happened in 2 totally different areas and that you don’t normally see,” said representative of SLEMCO Mary Laurent.
While over 10,000 customers were affected, SLEMCO worked quickly to resolve the issue.
“Overall we had a good response time, a number of schools were up and running early this morning, and then the last few schools within the last hour or so,” said Jenkins.
“The grid has been repaired where they had the issues, and we’re not expecting this to be a recurring problem or anything like that,” said Laurent.
As of now all power in each area is restored and business and school is back to normal.
“One of the main things is we wanna thank everybody for their patience because we know this is aggravating,” said Laurent.
Representatives at SLEMCO said they were very happy at their response time to resolve the issue. By noon Thursday majority of those affected had power restored.
All schools affected in St. Landry Parish will be back on their normal schedules starting Friday morning.