Power outage closes shops on 61 South

Published 8:40 pm Saturday, October 22, 2016


A power outage late Saturday afternoon affected 60 people, including all the stores in the Renaissance Vicksburg Plaza, in the vicinity of Iowa Boulevard and Iowa Avenue off of U.S. 61 South.

The outage occurred about 5:07 p.m. The cause was a thrown breaker on an Entergy feeder line on Washington Street, Entergy spokesperson Shelia McKinnis said.

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The outage forced all the stores in the shopping center on the north side of Iowa Boulevard, including McDonald’s, to close their doors temporarily until the power was restored later in the evening.

“The Kangaroo (on the south side of the street), the traffic light (at the intersection of Iowa and Pemberton Square Boulevard) and Murphy’s all have power, because they’re served from (U.S.) 61 South,” Vicksburg police shift supervisor Sgt. Bill Jeffers said.

All the buildings in the plaza were dark as workers waited for power to be restored.

“It shut down everything. The registers, the Internet; we can’t do a thing but wait for the power to come back on,” said Shannon Powers, store manager at Game Stop.

At Wal-Mart, an employee stood outside the store telling potential customers the store was closed.

“We’re without lights, and we can’t do business because our cash registers are shut down,” Walmart co-manager Ken Robinson said. “We’re going to stay closed until the power comes back on, which they (Entergy) said would be about 7:30. I hope it’s sooner than that.”

About John Surratt

John Surratt is a graduate of Louisiana State University with a degree in general studies. He has worked as an editor, reporter and photographer for newspapers in Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama. He has been a member of The Vicksburg Post staff since 2011 and covers city government. He and his wife attend St. Paul Catholic Church and he is a member of the Port City Kiwanis Club.

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