City works to get power back online following storm

Damage at a residence on Oak Knoll. Photo courtesy of Jerry Madden

By Bonnie Culverhouse

With yet another round of storms on the horizon, City of Minden has four extra crews on hand to not only help with current outages, but any that may occur later Wednesday.

“We still have extensive outages,” Mayor Terry Gardner said Wednesday morning. “We have major transmission lines down. There are pockets of power outages throughout the city.”

By 10 a.m., feeder two at the Germantown substation was on and holding power, bringing electricity and cable back to the Country Club Circle area and northern part of the city limits.

“We still have areas in Oak Knoll, Lewisville Road area … poles down in other parts of the city,” Gardner said. “I called AEP SWEPCO – that’s who we have our maintenance contract with – they have more than 800,000 people out of power, and they say it will be three days before they get them up.”

Gardner said 23 extra employees with SOL Power in Alexandria were scheduled to arrive around 11 a.m., along with another storm that arrived around 3:30 p.m.

“We’ve used them in the past before,” Gardner said. “We’ve been very pleased with their service.

“We hope to have everybody back on by dark (Wednesday),” he continued. “The next storm might slow us down.”

City linemen at E. Todd and Drew Lane

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