Residents asked to report lighting outages


A representative for power company Entergy encouraged local residents to report any lighting outages they may find.

Entergy's Deanna Lafont appeared before the Donaldsonville City Council during Tuesday's regular meeting, and explained the company's process for addressing outages.

"We won't know it's out until somebody calls us," Lafont said.

Reports can be filed by calling the company's toll-free phone line at 1-800-9OUTAGE, or by filling in the outage form at Entergy also has an app for download through the site.

She said the company has no patrol to find outages, so it relies on reports from the public. There is no "magic button" when lights are out, she added.

Lafont said a map of the city has been produced to identify the lights owned by the city and the ones owned by Entergy.

To eliminate confusion, the lights will be flagged to determine whether the city or the company is responsible for repairs.

In other matters Tuesday:

TORNADO AFTERMATH: The regular meeting was rescheduled to March 1 due to the inclement weather that moved throught the south Louisiana area the previous week.

Mayor Leroy Sullivan Sr. addressed the devastating tornado activity that affected neighboring communities in Assumption and St. James parishes.

"For the most part, Donaldsonville fared well," he said, citing only relatively minor issues.

However, he was clear to recognzie the destruction that happened just a few miles away from the city.

He said seeing the devastation in news reports did little justice to seeing it in person.

When neigboring communities needed for help, "nobody hesitated to assist them," he said.

An emergency generator was sent to the Paincourtville area in Assumption, and many volunteers spent days serving those affected.

UNION PACIFIC: Councilman Reginald Francis asked to address noise concerns caused by activity along the Union Pacific railroad.

Previously, the Council informed the company of noise issues, especially during early morning hours. A petition was gathered and sent to the company's headquarters in Omaha, Nebraska.

Francis said Tuesday that he has been receiving complaints from constituents once again about disruptions.

The Council voted to have the Mayor send a letter to the company about the noise issue.

MYAC TO DC: The Mayor's Youth Advisory Council will depart Donaldsonville for Washington, D.C. Friday, March 4.

MYAC Director Tamiko Francis Garrison said ten students will be youth delegates at the National League of Cities.

Two adults will accompany the students, who are comprised of both Donaldsonville High and Ascension Catholic students.

Garrison said they will have allotted hours to work on their school work each day.

The MYAC will visit the White House as a group, and explore the Capitol and area museums.

Aside from the trip, the MYAC has been working on a benefit for tornado victims.

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