Power restored to approximately 932,000 customers
NEW ORLEANS – Following Hurricane Ida making landfall near Port Fourchon, Louisiana on Aug. 29, Entergy Corporation (NYSE: ETR) announced today its utilities have restored power to approximately 932,000 customers, which is 98% of customers affected by the storm. Entergy is still making significant progress in the remaining hardest hit areas of southeast Louisiana. Crews have restored power to all affected Entergy customers in Mississippi.
In response to the extensive damage caused by the storm, Entergy deployed a workforce of approximately 27,000 workers from 41 states.
“We are grateful for the thousands of men and women who worked tirelessly to safely restore power for our customers,” said Rod West, Entergy utility group president. “Hurricane Ida inflicted significant damage on Entergy’s electric system that resulted in 948,000 outages at its peak. Our job is not yet complete and despite the extent of the damage, the teams have made significant progress. We anticipate that all remaining customers who can safely take power should be restored by Sept. 29.”
Hurricane Ida’s historic intensity brought a tremendous amount of damage to the Entergy distribution and transmission systems in southeast Louisiana. The storm’s damage across Entergy’s system included:
more than 30,500 distribution poles,
nearly 6,000 transformers,
nearly 36,500 spans of distribution wire,
approximately 500 transmission structures damaged or destroyed,
more than 225 substations, and
more than 210 transmission lines.
Over the past five years, Entergy’s operating companies have invested $9.5 billion in transmission and distribution assets that met or exceeded then-current resiliency standards. Ida demonstrated the resiliency benefits of