Lights starting to come back on, but Jewell says restoration timeline is unacceptable

Lights are returning to St. Charles Parish after over a week of darkness, but St. Charles Parish President Matthew Jewell has publicly lamented that Entergy estimates for a full restoration are too long.

Jewell told WDSU that he is concerned St. Charles Parish and the damage Hurricane Ida caused to it are being overlooked.

“We didn’t get the benefit of having the eyewall pass over us and getting sunshine for a second or no rain or wind … we took 8 hours of hurricane-force winds – major hurricane-force winds,” Jewell told the news station. “The electrical grid was devastated in St. Charles Parish.”

Restoration estimates by Entergy have shown that parts of the parish could be without power for up to six weeks.

“To be out of electricity for four to six weeks is just unacceptable,” Jewell said.

Entergy officials said they had no comment when asked about Jewell’s comments.


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Roth has both her undergraduate and graduate degree in journalism, which she has utilized in the past as an instructor at Southeastern Louisiana University and a reporter at various newspapers and online publications. She grew up in LaPlace, where she currently resides with her husband and three daughters.

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