Number of Entergy customers without power drops below 200,000


Posted on September 1, 2012 at 11:03 PM

Updated Wednesday, Oct 16 at 12:35 PM

UPDATE: As of Sunday evening, there were 87,156 customers without power in Jefferson, 8,800 in Lafourche, 46,249 in Orleans, 10,594 in Plaquemines, 4,438 in St. Bernard, 6,242 in St. Charles, 2,338 in St. James, 11,637 in St. John the Baptist, 233 in St. Tammany, 2,992 in Tangipahoa, 814 in Terrebonne and 104 in Washington.

Monica Hernandez / Eyewitness News
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NEW ORLEANS - Prolonged power outages days after Isaac struck Southeast Louisiana are sparking outrage across the gulf coast. And some customers wonder if Entergy is doing enough.

By Saturday, frustrated neighbors gathered near a downed transformer that lay Eliza Street, wondering when crews would clear it and restore power.

It was just one example of the destruction left behind days after Isaac hit, leaving hundreds of thousands of people in the dark in Louisiana. By 9:30 Saturday night, more than 77,000 people were still without power in New Orleans, a reduction from more than 150,000 directly after the storm.

Finally Saturday, a 20 man crew began fixing the pole on Eliza Street. They said it would work on it would likely be complete by Sunday.

But tens of thousands throughout the city are still in the dark. And for those like Tyrone Wilson, power is critical. His only mode of transportation is his electric scooter.

"I got to go put it up because I got no power," said Wilson. "I have no way to get around. I have to get medicine and go to the doctor. I have no way to get there."

And while neighbors continue to do what they can to beat the heat, some are watching loved ones suffer.

"I have to stand by my mom and fan her with a cardboard box until she falls asleep," said Algiers Point resident John Thomas. "She's 77 years old and its a wear and tear on me 24/7, to stay out here and hustle money to get ice to put on food and stuff like that."

Those who run a convenience store that doesn't have power in Algiers Point said, they've called Entergy daily and are told, according to grid maps, the lights are on.

Meanwhile, Jeff Hoff echoed the sentiments of everyone without power in the metro area.

"Today was miserable," said Hof.

Hof lives near a tree that had fallen across Belleville Street in Algiers Point, pushing down power lines and a transformer. Meanwhile, those who feel powerless in they hope relief comes soon.

"I just hope whoever is in charge will feel what I'm saying or just come and stay with me for one night and feel what I'm going through," said Thomas.

Entergy said it hopes to restore power to 90 percent of customers by Thursday, more than a week after after Isaac hit.