Morgan City residents frustrated after second night spent in darkness

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POSTED: Wednesday, July 4, 2012 - 5:30pm

UPDATED: Wednesday, July 4, 2012 - 11:22pm

Morgan City residents were once again left in darkness, as power to the city was lost for the second time in one week.

"Somebody should be held accountable for this," Anthony Hoskins, a resident of Morgan City, exclaimed.

Residents are left wondering if rolling blackouts are now going to be a regular occurrence.

"I don't think the citizens of Morgan City are getting enough information as to what happened, how long is it going to be, when is it going to be fixed, can we look for this again next Tuesday?,” Hoskins queried.

Mayor Tim Matte said he's not anticipating anymore blackouts, but he can't make any promises. He stresses that the city worked to try to keep citizens updated through media and Facebook, but a time frame for restoration was hard to pin down.

"I certainly understand their frustrations, and we are looking at every possible aspect to figure out why those units might have gone off. they had operated beautifully for six days," Matte said.

Residents and city leaders both explained while they were frustrated with the situation, their main concern was for the safety of those susceptible to heat.

"They (the elderly) probably were in shock when the lights went out, they had no where to go. Didn't know what to do. And no one was looking for the elderly, which should have been the job of the city," Hoskins explained.

"Fortunately we were able to get power back to the hospital, the nursing homes and things of that nature as quick as possible," Ron Bias, a Morgan City Councilman, explained.

Matte said there were no reported heat illness cases during the power outages, but cooling centers were opened around the city. A cause for last night's black out hasn't been fully determined yet.

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