According to local provider Entergy, some sections of Louisiana might be without power for up to three weeks as a result of “unprecedented” damage to power facilities.
Entergy anticipated that Lafourche Parish, Lower Jefferson Parish, St. Charles Parish, Terrebonne Parish, and Plaquemines Parish, with the exception of Belle Chasse, would not have power restored until Sept. 29 in a post on its website.
During a press conference on Sunday morning, Entergy President Phillip May stated that electricity has been restored to more over one-third of Entergy Louisiana customers.
Ida made landfall in Louisiana as a powerful Category Storm last Sunday, resulting in at least 12 deaths in the state and damaging crucial portions of its electrical infrastructure.
A total of 603,740 of the 2,227,377 total customers throughout the state were without power as of Sunday afternoon, according to poweroutage.us. After the storm struck, it was more than 1 million.
Entergy has replaced 24,70 poles and 691 transformers damaged by the storm in the past week and John Hopkinns, Entergy’s vice president for distribution, said 45 of the utility’s 53 biggest customers have had their power restored.
“These customers are critical, as they supply important commodities such as gasoline,” said Hopkins. “They are the backbone of the communities we serve.”
“There’s not an even rate of restoration going on and that’s always going to be the case. I’m always happy to see people getting powered up and some people are going to be quite a while,” Edwards said.
Edwards added that the electrical infrastructure requires reinforcement but will likely always be susceptible to powerful storms.
“It is hard for me to imagine that we will ever have an electrical infrastructure — or the types of infrastructure as well — that can withstand a storm of this severity without any disruptions. But we know we can minimize those disruptions,” he said.
In neighboring Mississippi, Entergy said it had restored power to all 46,600 customers who experienced outages as a result of Ida and another 12,000 who lost power during thunderstorms on Wednesday.
“The effort required to repair or replace these damages was enormous. For example, the number of downed wire spans amounted to around 48 miles of wire, enough to circle around Daytona International Speedway more than 19 times “According to the utility.
After sweeping over the Gulf Coast, Ida made her way to the Northeast, where it is blamed for up to 50 deaths and significant floods. President Joe Biden is scheduled to visit the region in the coming week to assess the damage.