While slow-moving Tropical Storm Barry has left thousands without power in Louisiana, many St. Charles Parish residents are seeing the lights come back on.
Less than 300 customers in the parish are without electricity, according to Entergy spokeswoman Lee Sabatini.
As of Saturday, Entergy estimated 58,000 people were without power in the state.
As the storm continues to move ashore, crews are facing several challenges, including road and flood-gate closures, impassable roadways due to flooding and high winds preventing the use of bucket trucks in some areas. For their safety, crews cannot operate bucket trucks when winds are 30 mph or higher.
“Safety is of the utmost importance for all of us as this storm moves through the state. Our crews are responding where it is safe to do so,” said Melonie Stewart, vice president of distribution operations in Louisiana who is heading up Entergy’s storm response.
Entergy keeps customers informed about restoring power in several ways:
- A free app is available for iPhone or Android at entergyapp.com. Customers can use the app to report outages or check on the status of power at their homes or businesses.
- Entergy’s View Outages website includes maps that show where outages are located and give information about restoration progress.
- Customers can send and receive text messages about storm and restoration efforts. Signing up is easy: simply text REG to 368374.
- The Entergy Storm Center website has storm safety, preparation, restoration and other information that is regularly updated.
- Operation: Storm Ready is a free downloadable guide that helps customers plan and prepare for weather emergencies.
- Our disaster partner American Red Cross is preparing to provide shelter for thousands of customers until they can return home or find other safe places to stay. Anyone needing a safe place to go can call 211, visit redcross.org or download the free Red Cross Emergency App at http://rdcrss.org/apps.