Power was restored by Tuesday evening for most of about 4,000 Acadiana residents awaiting restoration services after a violent thunderstorm tore through the region Monday and knocked out electricity at more than 235,000 locations statewide.
According to Cleco, Entergy and Slemco, about 4,000 people in the eight-parish Acadiana region were still without power Tuesday morning. About 1,500 of those customers were in St. Martin Parish, including parish government offices and four schools.
Parks Primary School, Stephensville Elementary School and the St. Martin Parish Early Learning Center and Juvenile Continuing Education Program were expected to resume classes on Wednesday after power was restored on Tuesday afternoon, Superintendent Lottie Beebe said.
In St. Landry Parish, Opelousas High School and the Magnet Academy of Biomedical Sciences were expected to reopen on Wednesday after losing power in the storm. Palmetto Elementary School, which had been closed since Monday because of an unrelated water-contamination issue on Leger Road, will reopen on Wednesday, according to the St. Landry Parish Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness.
Students in the fifth through seventh grades at Ascension Episcopal School’s downtown campus will resume classes Wednesday, but first- through fourth-grade students will resume classes Monday at First Baptist Church, KATC-TV reported.
Ascension Episcopal School closed Monday after a tree fell through the roof of one of its buildings during the storm.
Authorities also ordered a ban on boating in the Vermilion River on Tuesday after the river reached levels above flood stage at the Surrey Street gauge in Lafayette, according to the Bayou Vermilion District.
The river was expected to drop below flood stage by Wednesday afternoon, according to predictions from the National Weather Service.
Entergy reported about 176,000 of its customers statewide were without power at the peak of the Monday storm, which outpaced forecasts and moved rapidly from southeast Texas across south Louisiana with little warning.
The storm downed 602 lines and damaged about 300 utility poles and more than 130 of the utility company’s transformers, Entergy spokesperson Will Johnson said.
Although Entergy had restored power for about 100,000 of its customers by Tuesday morning, some who lost power in hard-hit areas near Baton Rouge and Labadieville may not see services restored until Thursday, Johnson said.
Cleco reported 26,868 customers statewide lost power at the peak of the storm, and Slemco estimated outages totaled about 25,000 to 30,000 during the same timeframe.
All three companies were working to restore power for less than 100 customers in the Acadiana region by Tuesday afternoon.
Lafayette Utilities System reported about 6,900 customers lost power in the storm, but all services were restored by about 10 p.m. Monday night, spokesperson Kayla Miles said.
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