“Equipment failure” blamed for DEMCO power outage Thursday

BATON ROUGE — DEMCO says an “equipment failure” is to blame for an outage that left tens of thousands in the dark across Livingston, East Baton Rouge, East Feliciana & St. Helena Parishes Thursday evening.

The outage impacted 42,000 people at its peak around 6:30 p.m., according to DEMCO officials. That’s roughly 36% of all DEMCO customers. “Full restoration” occurred around 7:40 p.m. according to DEMCO , though some customers didn’t get power back until around 9:30 p.m.

The map shows the extent of DEMCO‘s power outages that impacted residents across Livingston, East Baton Rouge, St. Helena

DEMCO tells UWK that the equipment failure was on a transmission line behind their Coly Metering Point.

“Under normal circumstances we would not have experienced an outage due to the configuration of the grid,” a DEMCO spokesperson said. “We are currently abnormally fed from Entergy while they are upgrading one of the bundles feeding into the metering point. In this situation, it put us at a disadvantage to benefit from our loop feed. The restoration process had to be strategically executed to prevent further damage to the grid due to the extreme amount of load that would be placed on the system if the switch was flipped all at once.”

Crews worked in cold temperatures to ensure all customers were up and running as soon as possible by restoring one circuit at a time.

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