Entergy: thousands lose power during freezing temperatures
Thousands of people experienced power outages in LaPlace and Plaquemines Parish as temperatures dipped below freezing Monday morning.
According to the Entergy Louisiana outage map, more than 5,200 customers were impacted by power outages as of 9 a.m. in St. John the Baptist Parish. The outages were concentrated between Airline Highway and I-10 and I-55 near LaPlace.
As of 9:45 a.m., more than 2,500 customers were still without power.
“A serviceman is working to determine the cause of your outage,” an alert on the outage map said. “Power will be restored as soon as possible.”
Entergy Louisiana listed the estimated restoration time as 10:30 a.m. By Monday afternoon, power was restored to the area.
Residents in lower Plaquemine's Parish also reported power outages early Monday morning. According to Entergy Louisiana, widespread outages in Plaquemines Parish began at 7:40 a.m.
By 10 a.m. Monday, more than 3,500 customers were without power in Plaquemines Parish, with outages stretching from Port Sulphur to Pilottown. As of Monday at 5 p.m.,the Entergy outage map showed thousands still without power in the parish.
The outage prompted the Port Sulphur YMCA to open for use as a warming shelter, according to the Plaquemines Parish government. Residents are asked to bring blankets, pillows and other warm items and cots will not be available. However, Entergy will provide a meal to those in need, according to parish officials.