Some Sherwood Forest residents go on day four without power

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BATON ROUGE, La. (BRPROUD)- Troy Dunbar and his family of four in the Sherwood Forest area are going on four days without power due to the winter storm.

Dunbar has a generator running, but says it does not provide enough warmth with freezing weather.

“I didn’t think we were gonna be out of power for this long. I though maybe a day, but four days is ridiculous,” he said.

Entergy is asking customers to conserve power in order to make it easier on them for restoration.

Dunbar lost power around 10 a.m. on Monday.

“We need help. We need our electricity back on,” he said.

“We have cold load issues, for example we have to bring customers online in phases, rather than all at one time. In order to avoid damaging our system. Our crews are facing some challenges But they’re out there working as quickly and safely as possible,” David Freese with Entergy said.

According to Freese, delays with restoration are due to closed roads and loading issues.

Entergy is providing the following tips to conserve power:

  • Lower the central thermostat to 68 degrees and adjust window units accordingly.
  • Use energy-efficient ceiling fans and portable fans to circulate air to help with your comfort.
  • Open blinds, drapes and curtains to let in warmth from the sun.
  • Delay laundry, washing dishes, bathing and other non-essential uses of electricity until this appeal for conservation has ended.
  • Wash clothes with cold water, cook foods at the lowest possible setting and refrain from opening the oven door while baking.
  • Don’t allow warmed air to escape from the home.

Power outages in the viewing area are available here.

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