Story Archives: Generator in place in needed for Ferriday water
|Generator in place in needed for Ferriday water|
A large generator will be placed at the top of the levee near the Town of Ferriday intake water structure on Old River as a precaution to the rising Mississippi River.
Rusty LaBorde said the generator is being placed on the levee as a standby in case of an emergency situation.
"There is actually about 10 feet clearance between the water level and the bottom of the transformers," LaBorde said. "It is actually two feet higher than the levee. But we are just taking every precaution necessary in case something does happen and we have to cut the power to the intake structure."
Last month, a small limb broke off a tree near the Ferriday intake water structure, landed on a transformer fuse, shorting out the fuse and cutting off the power."
The Town of Ferriday had about five hours left of water pressure before the transformer was repaired by Entergy.
Ferriday Mayor Glen McGlothin said the generator is so large that D&D Drilling is having to bring it in with one of their trucks and it would be in place by Friday.
McGlothin said if the water reaches the transformers, they will short out and the water treatment facility will shut down.
LaBorde stressed he is very confident the generator will not have to be used.
"We don't anticipate anything happening to the transformer, we're just making plans for the worst-case scenario."