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.