Portions of electric system to be rebuilt following extensive damage from a devastating tornado
NEW ORLEANS – Entergy New Orleans and Entergy Louisiana crews and contractors from across the state are continuing to assess damages and repair and rebuild portions of the electric system damaged by yesterday’s severe weather system that produced tornados.
After working into the night and this morning, crews have restored power to thousands of customers across Louisiana. As of 10 a.m. Wednesday, approximately 5,000 remained without electric service in the hardest-hit areas.
Although data from scouts and support personnel are continuing to roll into local networks, initial field reports are that concentrated portions of the companies’ electric system — especially along the reported route of one of the tornados — saw catastrophic damages. Arabi and a section of New Orleans East were particularly hard hit. Additionally, crews are working with local officials as they continue search and rescue efforts to ensure the safety of residents in the impacted areas.
With around 50% of field assessments completed in St. Bernard Parish and around 80% completed in Orleans Parish as of Wednesday morning, approximately 90 poles, 50 transformers and 100 spans of wire have been identified as damaged and in need of repair or replacement. In addition, three transmission line segments, including one that runs through the marsh near Parish Road in Chalmette and diverts toward New Orleans, were impacted and a substation in Arabi was severely damaged.
“It’s never something you want to hear, that our communities were greatly affected by severe

Original Source

Notice: ob_end_flush(): failed to send buffer of zlib output compression (0) in /home/biznews/public_html/wp-includes/functions.php on line 5219