BATON ROUGE, La (BRPROUD) – Entergy Louisiana President and CEO Phillip May and Entergy New Orleans President and CEO Deanna Rodriguez gave updates on power restoration on Thursday, Sept. 2.
Even with severe damage, May says the first estimated restoration time for vast majority of customers in the greater Baton Rouge area is Wednesday, Sept. 8.
Rodriguez said that after turning on power in New Orleans East early Wednesday, there has been significant progress in the restoration efforts in New Orleans and across the state.
Rodriguez also said that completing assessments of damage is expected to be done on Thursday, and then updates on restoring power will follow.
“We know that’s what everybody wants, but we’ve got to complete the assessments first,” Rodriguez said. “We are making significant progress on that front.”
“Now, there will be pockets of customers that are extended due to powerline access, extreme vegetation damage that sort of thing but we’re to be able to provide that guidance to our customers to have the lights back on in the greater Baton Rouge area,” May said.
About 3,500 customers in New Orleans have restored power since early Wednesday morning and 137,000 customers have restored power in Louisiana.
May says that about 904,000 customers have lost power due to Hurricane Ida.
“In the coming days and into the weekend, we are going to see a lot of progress,” May said.
41 out of 68 substations in Louisiana are ready to serve customers.