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Mall St. Vincent reopens after being sidelined by power outage

Published: Dec. 5, 2015 at 11:16 PM CST|Updated: Dec. 19, 2015 at 11:17 PM CST
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SHREVEPORT, LA (KSLA) - Mall St. Vincent has reopened after being closed for about an hour as a result of a power outage.

It began about 5:37 p.m. Saturday when a tree fell on a utility line on Line Avenue between Ockley Drive and Longleaf Road, said Chief Skip Pinkston, of the Shreveport Fire Department. That's in the vicinity of Betty Virginia Park.

AEP-SWEPCO reported 4,047 customers without electricity in Caddo Parish. That number has since fallen to 133.

"A large tree has fallen at Line and Ockley, taking out poles and wire and knocking out power to thousands of customers," says a statement the utility posted on its Facebook page during the outage. "SWEPCO (is) in process of switching the majority of customers to other circuits. For your safety, please stay away from any downed power lines."

The outage impacted the mall and surrounding businesses.

Customers in search of holiday bargains could be seen pouring out of the mall after management decided to close the doors at 6 p.m. because they were told it would take more than an hour to restore electricity.

Electrical service to the mall was restored at 6:45 p.m. The mall reopened about 7 p.m. and will remain open until its scheduled closing at 9: p.m.

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