Director of Utilities: Storm damage was not extensive for Alexandria

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ALEXANDRIA, La. (City of Alexandria) - Crews from the City of Alexandria Utility and Public Works departments responded to a number of incidents early Thursday morning as a severe thunderstorm moved through the city.

Director of Utilities Michael P. Marcotte reported that overall storm damage was not extensive, with the primary issues being downed power lines and trees that fell and blocked roadways in the city.

He said approximately 3,200 customers lost power during the storm, which started around 6 a.m.

“We lost about 10 percent of our circuits at the peak,” Marcotte said.

Power was restored by 10 a.m. for the majority of customers, he said, adding that at 11:30 a.m. crews were still replacing poles with just four customers without power.

Public Works Director Merriell F. Lawson reported five roads were blocked by downed trees and/or power lines and all were cleared by 9:30 a.m.

Locations affected included Polk Street near Chester Street, North 13th Street, Dorchester Drive, and Beauregard Street near the Rapides School Board Office. Willowick Blvd. in Charles Park was also briefly closed due to high water.

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