Southeast energy provider Entergy has been taxed to the max as it struggles to put the power back on in Louisiana and throughout the Gulf, just sucker punched by Isaac over the past two days.
And in Plaquemines Parish, the levee overtopping has meant rescuers must come in boats, tirelessly saving the battered and desperate residents, many holding on to pets and family for dear life.
In order to get the state back online and better help those rescue attempts, at 7:00 pm Entergy posted a notice stating that the hurricane is still moving very slowly and continues to affect south Louisiana.
High winds, standing water and other hazards are currently impeding their workers from assessing damage and restoring electric service. Risk of tornadoes howling throughout the Gulf remains a very tangible threat, too.
“The safety of our workers – and our customers – is our first priority,” the company says. “We are waiting for winds to die down before sending scouts to assess the damage. Linemen will not be able to perform restoration work until sustained winds are below 30 mph.”
Entergy reminds that residents throughout the state should stay away from downed power lines and flooded areas. Do not walk in standing water and do not venture into areas of debris, where you may not be able to see downed power lines.
Entergy advises to use portable generators safely according to manufacturer’s directions.
In Orleans Parish in particular, Entergy states that as of 5:00 pm, there were over 160,000 customers without power, with more than 658,000 Entergy customers without power across Louisiana.
For updated outage information, go to Entergy.com and view outages. If you’re registered for outage texting, reply STAT for your update. Call 1-800-9OUTAGE to report an emergency.
People can also text “REG” to 368374 to receive outage information on their cell phones.
If you are in Plaquemines Parish and are in need, a shelter has been a refuge for victims of the levee overtopping today at the YMCA and the Belle Chasse auditorium. For anyone who may still need access, the YMCA in Belle Chasse is located at 8101 Hwy 23. If you need help getting there, you can call 504-274-2470.
Following are links to American Red Cross locations here in Louisiana:
- Acadiana Area Chapter
- American Red Cross of Southwest Louisiana
- Central Louisiana Chapter
- Fort Polk
- Louisiana Capital Area Chapter
- Northeast Louisiana Chapter
- Northwest Louisiana Chapter
- Saint Bernard Parish Chapter
- Southeast Louisiana Chapter
To access the American Red Cross hurricane app, to stay abreast of the latest news and get and send critical alerts, please click here to download. Click here to download all relevant information about finding a shelter, getting the app and how to help if you are not in the vicinity but have loved ones/friends who are.
If you have not yet done so, Gov. Bobby Jindal urges residents to call 211 for up-to-date information including information on shelters
For a link to Plaquemines Parish news, or access to shelters and other emergency assistance please click here.