People in EBR’s poorest area without power, more than 48 hours after Hurricane Delta

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Work crews attempt to restore electricity to East Baton Rouge Parish, after the impacts of Hurricane Delta knocked out power to thousands of residents. (Photo supplied by Entergy, 10/11/20)

UPDATE: As of early morning Tuesday, Oct. 12, Entergy’s map showed 19 customers without power in the 70805 area.

BATON ROUGE, La. (BR Proud) — One of the Capital City’s most impoverished areas is without electricity, more than 48 hours after the effects of Hurricane Delta knocked out power to thousands in Baton Rouge.

The majority of outages across East Baton Rouge Parish are within the 70805 zip code, an area that includes the Exxon Mobile Refinery. A spokesperson for Entergy confirmed the outages were initiated Friday night and are a direct result of the storm.

As of Monday morning, 5,095 homes and businesses in East Baton Rouge Parish were without power. Twenty-five percent of the outages fell within the 70805 zip code.

The densest number of outages extend from Convention St. south, just past Government St. and from 17th St. eastward to Delphine Street.

The population in the area possessed an average reported total income of $24,188, according to 2015 data from the Internal Revenue Service. This is approximately half of Louisiana’s state average of $47,905.

Entergy crews continued working Monday to restore power to all areas of the parish affected by Hurricane Delta. “We estimate that most customers who can safely receive power will be back on by today, with the remainder back on by tomorrow,” read a statement, on behalf of Entergy.

Multiple companies worked to restore power to more than 194,148 Louisiana residents Monday morning while neighboring states Texas and Mississippi had far less outages at 36,823 and 16,435 respectively, according to PowerOutage.US.

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