LIVINGSTON – A problem with an Entergy transmission line knocked out electrical service to the entire City of Livingston and a portion of Sam Houston Electric Cooperative Thursday night.
The power was off for just over 90 minutes starting about 5:30 p.m. but the exact cause of the disruption was still not known at press time.
"There was some real concern about a prolonged outage last night because temperatures were expected to drop," Livingston City Manager Marilyn Sutton said Friday. "Fortunately, Entergy was able to reroute the power through their Goodrich substation and get electricity to the city through a backdoor."
Sutton said Entergy crews were working Friday trying to isolate the problem along a 1.54-mile section of their main transmission line located between Israel Road and Old Woodville Road near Livingston.
Polk County Emergency Management Coordinator Larry Pitts noted the power outage affected the normal operation of several small businesses.
"The Polk County Office of Emergency Management encourages these entities to consider the installation and routine testing of back-up generator power to ensure the continuity of operations within our community. Please be mindful that periods of extreme cold and heat can affect power systems. Please take time to review your emergency plans. Know our office is willing to assist you in your planning efforts."
In the aftermath of the outage, a number of telephone systems experienced problems, including the one serving the Polk County Courthouse. While the systems in most other county buildings was not affected, the main courthouse was totally without telephone service for most of Friday morning. While the service to the county judge's office was up and running by about 11:30 a.m., some of the other offices in the building were still down Friday afternoon.