Entergy: 275,000 still without power in Orleans, Jefferson parishes

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Posted on August 31, 2012 at 5:26 PM

Updated Friday, Aug 31 at 5:41 PM

Tania Dall / Eyewitness News
Email: tdall@wwltv.com | Twitter: @taniadall

NEW ORLEANS -- All around the New Orleans metro area people are seeing downed power lines.

Entergy says crews are working hard tonight to restore power. They’ve been driving in from 24 states, according to Entergy spokesman Philip Allison.

The power company hopes to see a 30 percent improvement by the end of Friday from Thursday. And as of about 4:30 p.m. Friday, 275,000 people were without power in Orleans and Jefferson Parish.

We spotted crews busy in Metairie today. Crews are currently working on 40 percent of breakers and 50 percent of feeders, according to Entergy. They’re working 16 hour shifts at a time.

Entergy says some crews had trouble getting to the New Orleans area because of road closures. And once they get here, they have to go through a process. They first have to sleep because they’ve been driving for hours to get to New Orleans. Then they have to go through a safety briefing, and only after that they can load up on equipment and head out to restore power.

Entergy says there’s a process to get from point A to point B to point C. They’ve got to be able to get power into your neighborhood before they're able to bring it into the homes.

They’re asking people to remain patient.

 

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