O&M, On-Site Power

Entergy, Cleco reconnecting nearly all customers less than week after Barry landfall

(Photo from Entergy Corp.)

Entergy Corp.’s Louisiana utility should have power restored to nearly all customers this evening impacted by Hurricane Barry over the past week, the company said Thursday.

Barry’s landfall, winds and rain knocked out power to more than 330,000 customers less than a week ago. Entergy Louisiana put more than 4,000 workers on the job to assess damage and make repairs to 426 broken poles, 170 transformers, 233 cross arms and 765 spans of wire, according to the release.

Entergy expects to have power restored to all customers except those who can only be accessed by boat. Utility workers are continuing to serve all of those single-service cases.

Customers who remain without power can text OUT to 368374 or call 1-800-ENTERGY to report it.

Meanwhile, Cleco had restored power to 99 percent of the 63,000 of its customers who lost power following Tropical Storm Barry. Cleco is based in Alexandria, LA.

“We have over 400 line mechanics, 125 tree trimmers and 30 damage assessors still working to restore power to customers,” said James Lass, general manager of distribution operations and emergency management.

As of Wednesday night, Cleco had approximately 350 customers without power in the hardest hit areas of Iberia, St. Martin and St. Mary parishes.  The company expects to have a small number of customers without power throughout the night.

“While we worked very hard again today, we were unable to restore power to all of our customers; however, we anticipate that by tomorrow all customers who can take power will be restored,” said Lass.  “We appreciate our customers’ support as crews work to safely restore their power.”   

Hurricane Barry made landfall last Saturday as a Category 1 hurricane. It brought sustained winds at 75 mph or above, as well as close to 24 inches of rainfall in some places, according to reports.

New Orleans-based parent company Entergy Corp. and its units provide power to nearly 3 million customers in Louisiana, Arkansas, Mississippi and Texas.

Cleco serves nearly 300,000 customers in Louisiana.