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Power lines down in Shreveport

KMSS
Thursday, May 15, 2014 - 8:25pm

Thousands of people in Southwest Shreveport were in the dark early this morning.

This comes after the driver of an SUV crashed into a power line on the 5800 block of Bert Kouns at around 3 a.m.

Bert Kouns was blocked off all morning interrupting everyone's commute and 25 hundred customers in Southwest Shreveport suffered from power outage around the same time.

Although, Scott McCloud from SWEPCO says the driver who hit the pole is not to blame.

"Conductors are the high tension transmission lines you see on the towers. Those were too low. In fact they were so low that a vehicle came in contact with those early this morning and when the wreck occurred it broke the top out of the couple of transmission towers causing the outage to 2500 customers."

The power lines were only 20 inches above the highway.

McCloud says this has only happened in the area about two to three times in the past 10 years.

He says the damage done here will take about two to three days to repair, but the good news is that none of their customers will be affected.

"We have a lot of damage from this, we have seven structures, these are 128 thousand volt powerlines that are damaged and we also have 6 powerlines that are leaning."

Come noon all power was restored and roads opened back up.

SWEPCO is bringing in crews from longview and extra man power to the pines road substation.

Bert Kouns is expected to be blocked for a few hours sometime in the coming days to finalize work on the power lines. 

For comments and story ideas, contact Bia Roldan. Email: biar@kmsstv.com Twitter: @biaritzroldan

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