Power problems shut down civic complex

Pine Bluff City Hall, the Joe Thomas Public Safety Building and the main branch of the Pine Bluff/Jefferson County Library System were closed shortly after noon today after an electrical problem developed at the civic center complex.

Elevators ceased functioning and about half of the lights within the buildings quit working during the morning.

Mayor Debe Hollingsworth said that an Entergy official said the trouble was within a leg of its underground power source. The mayor said the problem could take several hours to correct.

If electricity is fully restored, normal hours of operation at the three sites will resume Thursday.