Restoration workers from Entergy Louisiana, LLC and Entergy Gulf States Louisiana, L.L.C. are continuing a strong push to complete restoration to customers who lost power in the aftermath of hurricanes Gustav and Ike.
Hurricane Ike's outer bands and tropical storm winds swept through the state late Friday and early Saturday, resulting in over 60,000 additional outages, the bulk of them centered in the Lafayette and Lake Charles areas. By 4 p.m., Saturday crews had restored about 25,000 customers in those areas.
As of Saturday afternoon, crews had restored power to about 95 percent of Entergy Gulf States Louisiana customers in East Baton Rouge, Livingston and Ascension parishes. Restoration crews, which worked in-between the storm bands and wind gusts from Hurricane Ike, made significant strides in Baton Rouge Parish on Friday, completing much of the work in several areas that were hit hardest by Gustav.
Although Ike added about 10,000 additional outages to the Baton Rouge area, crews had restored all but about 6,400 customers from both hurricanes by 4 p.m. Saturday. Gustav initially knocked out power to 228,000 customers in the Baton Rouge area Sept. 1.
Customer inquiries at the three customer information centers set up in the Baton Rouge area at Essen Lane, Airline Highway and Government Street have decreased or stopped. Entergy is closing the information centers today and will reopen the customer information center at Essen Lane on Monday.
Hurricane Ike flooded lower-lying areas in Plaquemines, Lafourche and Terrebonne parishes early Saturday. Entergy and other restoration crews relocated prior to the storm and will continue restoration work in those areas after flood waters recede and they become accessible.
Additional workers from out-of-state utilities will bring Entergy's total restoration workforce to 14,000 by Monday night, with 7,000 workers in both Louisiana and Texas. Entergy will shift workers to Texas from Louisiana as Hurricane Gustav restoration is completed.
At 4 p.m. Saturday, Louisiana outages from both storms totaled 83,766.
"The restoration crews have made great progress across Louisiana," said Renae Conley, president and CEO of Entergy Louisiana, LLC and Entergy Gulf States Louisiana, L.C.C. "We are particularly pleased that we have been able to restore service to many of our customers who have been without power the longest. These customers remain a priority in our restoration efforts."
Entergy's Louisiana utility companies serve more than one million customers through the operating companies Entergy Louisiana, LLC and Entergy Gulf States Louisiana, L.L.C. With operations in southern, central and northeastern Louisiana, the companies are part of Entergy Corporation's electric system serving 2.7 million customers in Louisiana, Arkansas, Mississippi and Texas.