Planned outage goes off without a hitch

Photo by Paige Nash

By Bonnie Culverhouse

Minden Mayor Nick Cox says he was pleased with the length of time on the city’s power outage last Thursday, but the fix is temporary and will require another outage.

“The outage was estimated for 4 to 6 hours, and took 3 hours and 10 minutes – I’m ecstatic about that,” Cox said. “It’s a temporary fix until the weather gets cooler, so we don’t have to shut off power again while it’s so hot.”

Cox said the damaged equipment is no longer “charged,” and Entergy workers will be able to replace and repair parts without fear of electrocution.

“They can also do it at their leisure and won’t be rushed,” he added. “They can assess the damage, get the parts they need, then turn off the power, switch it back over, and that’s it.”

He said it could be 4 to 6 weeks before another planned outage.

“We will give plenty of notice on that,” the mayor said. 

Not only did the power side of the outage go smoothly, but Police Chief Jared McIver said it was a quiet three hours for his department.

“It went really good,” McIver said. “City Marshal’s office, Webster Sheriff’s Office, Louisiana State Police, and our agency had it completely covered.”