Outages strike over weekend

Published 3:59 pm Tuesday, June 12, 2007

Customers of Coast Electric Power Association may have noticed a storm and some power outages over the weekend but the situation should now be resolved.

Those outages stemmed from severe storm activity in the counties of Pearl River, Hancock and Harrison, according to a press release from the company. In those counties about 6,000 customers were without power after three substations went down.

Coast Electric Communications Specialist April Lollar said the power was out on Saturday from 4:04 p.m. until 5:45 p.m. in the Salem and Necaise communities.

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Similar problems continued on Sunday as lightning arresters at the Roseland Park substation affected by the storm on Saturday caused outages to about 1,700 meters, between 9:46 p.m. and 10:22 p.m.

“Our guys were out pretty much all weekend working to get the damage fixed from Saturday,” Lollar said.

Lollar said the lightning arresters protect the company’s equipment and people’s homes.

During outages members may call 877-7MYCEPA to report them. Curious customers can visit www.coastepa.com for information about the cooperative and to see how power is restored.