Baton Rouge area cleans up from Delta; power outages, property damage remain

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BATON ROUGE, La. (BRPROUD) — Strong winds and rain brought in from Hurricane Delta left thousands in the greater Baton Rouge area with power outages and damage.

East Baton Rouge Parish resident Paulette Parker waited over 12 hours for her electricity to return while trying to get a fallen tree off of her roof.

“It’s tragic,” Parker said. “Big tree fell on my electrical cord and kilowatt box. It’s not just a matter of high winds, it’s a matter of repair.”

Parker’s neighbors also experienced damage from fallen trees. The picture below shows a tree in the front yard collapsed on a car.

A tree collapsed on a vehicle on Bluebonnet due to heavy winds from Hurricane Delta

Around 9:15 on Friday night, a tree in Parker’s backyard fell on the side of the house — missing a few inches from her roof, which would damage her roof completely.

“Big, big band,” she said, describing what she heard when the tree fell in her backyard. “Like the side of the roof was fallen off.”

Drivers also felt Hurricane Delta’s impact on the area Saturday morning. Crews spent around two hours picking up a fallen tree in the middle of Bluebonnet Boulevard.

Crews work to pickup a fallen tree in EBR Parish on the morning of Oct. 10.

According to Entergy, strong winds from Delta caused electrical shortages on Bluebonnet, turning off traffic lights.

“Some jobs are a little bit easier than others, we can restore power a little bit quicker,” Entergy spokesperson David Freese said. “Some jobs are more complicated.”

As of 4:30 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 10, over 40,000 Entergy customers in EBR were still out of power.

“We just ask for patience,” Freese said. “We will be here for the long haul. We will be here for every step of the way till every light comes back on.”

The full list of Entergy power outages can be found here.

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