UPDATE: Shot transformer in Abbeville expected to be repaired by Wednesday night

Vermilion Parish

ABBEVILLE, La. (KLFY) — UPDATE, 4:30 p.m.: The City of Abbeville is working on changing out a main transformer at the Felicity Substation that was shot and caused a large portion of the city to be without power.

This substation feeds a large portion of the south side of the City of Abbeville. The city has assessed the damages and begun making repairs. The timeline for power restoration is currently expected to be late this evening.

The city said the shooting that caused the outage happened at around 3:50 a.m. Wednesday morning and was an act of vandalism.

The city is also asking residents who are currently without power to make preparations now. They do not expect power to be restored before dark. 

The Abbeville Police Department is asking that anyone who has any information regarding this or any crime, please contact the Abbeville Police Department by calling 893-2511. You may contact the “Tips” line at 892-6777. All callers may remain anonymous. Citizens may also send anonymous tips through CrimeStoppers of Vermilion by calling 740-TIPS or the P3 app, which can be downloaded through the Apple App Store or Google Play Store.

ORIGINAL, 9:20 a.m.: A large portion of Abbeville lost power because of a blown transformer, which was out because it was shot, according to the Abbeville Police Department (APD).

On Dec. 29, the APD received a call of a blown transformer at the Felicity Street electrical substation. Based on the initial investigation, the blown transformer was out because it was shot.

Repair crews are working on the affected substation and have been able to restore power to much of the affected areas.

This is an active and ongoing investigation and no further details are being released at this time, but updates will be posted as they are available.

The Abbeville Police Department is asking that anyone who has any information regarding this or any crime, please contact the Abbeville Police Department by calling 893-2511. You may contact the “Tips” line at 892-6777. All callers may remain anonymous. Citizens may also send anonymous tips through CrimeStoppers of Vermilion by calling 740-TIPS or the P3 app, which can be downloaded through the Apple App Store or Google Play Store.

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