UPDATE: Students at Waller Elementary School have been dismissed for the day due to a power outage at the school.
According to Karen Tucker, the Public Information Officer for thee school district, parents are currently being called to pick up students. A generator (which will power only the media center) and bottled water are being taken to the school for the comfort of students and staff until all students are picked up.
The outage occurred when a power pole caught fire around 2:30am on Friday, causing power lines to hang low. A tractor trailer traveling on Highway 231 caught those lines, bringing them down and turning off the lights for hundreds of customers.
Gulf Coast Electric Cooperative members served from the Bayou George North substation, which serves the areas of Bayou George, Highway 388 and Fountain, are affected.
GCEC reports that power has been restored to all its members.
According to Gulf Power, a little more than 300 are without power and it's expected to be restored around 11 a.m.
Earlier this morning, northbound and southbound lanes of Highway 231 between Bear Creek and S Campflowers Road were closed. The Bay County Sheriff's office rerouted traffic for a little more than an hour. Lanes are open at this time.