Power outage leaves thousands in the dark, intersections without working traffic lights

A DPW crew was seen working on Essen at Jefferson. (Source: Rick Portier/WAFB)
A DPW crew was seen working on Essen at Jefferson. (Source: Rick Portier/WAFB)

BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - Crews had to fix a power problem that left thousands of customers in the dark and caused traffic lights at several busy intersections to stop working Wednesday morning.

According to Entergy's website, about 5,000 customers were without power at one point. View Entergy Outage Map

The outages included Towne Center, meaning several restaurants were forced to close. It left everyone wondering when the lights would come back on.

"We sat there and waited for a little bit, and went in trying to work, but the power kept going in and out, afraid the guys would get electrocuted so we kind of just waited," said electrician Charles Hunt.

"We don't have that many customers right now, but we will in the next hour, so we're trying to squeeze all the prep we didn't get done from 6:30 to 10 o'clock into the next half hour so we can get open," said Darryl Morrissey, general manager at Zoe's Kitchen.

The electricity was restored in that area around 11 a.m. and many restaurants were back up and operational just in time for the lunch crowd.

Entergy crews were seen at the Bocage power station, possibly working on an issue. The website indicated the outage was caused by an equipment problem.

Drivers reported the traffic lights were dark along Essen Lane at I-10, I-12 and Jefferson Highway. There were also reports the intersection of Corporate Boulevard and Jefferson Highway was also without working lights.

Other crews with the Department of Public Works were seen at the intersection of Essen Lane and Jefferson Highway.

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