Companies in Louisiana continue to monitor Tropical Storm Barry
Entergy’s Louisiana utilities continue to monitor Tropical Storm Barry and are preparing for potential impact to the state.
Currently forecast to be a Category 1 hurricane at landfall, the storm is expected to bring heavy rains, high tides and coastal and river flooding that could impact the companies’ service territories and cause widespread outages. Line crews and contractors are continuing to mobilize to locations where they can quickly respond once the storm passes and it is safe to start restoration work.
A team of more than 1200 crew members have been assembled to respond to the storm, and an additional 770 workers from other neighboring Entergy utilities have been mobilized to assist with restoration in Louisiana. Entergy also has the ability to call in additional crews to assist pending the path and intensity of the storm.
Depending on the storm’s path and impact, Entergy’s Louisiana utilities may deploy high-water and heavy equipment to assist with restoration. In addition, the utilities have taken steps to protect substations in low-lying areas prone to flooding.
“We have fully engaged our command center and are actively planning for the storm,” said
Melonie Stewart, Entergy Louisiana’s vice president of distribution operations and Louisiana’s incident commander. “The time is now to have your preparation plans in place. With this storm forecast to make landfall as a Category 1 hurricane, it could take up to several days to restore power.”
Stay prepared and informed
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.
Customers are encouraged to follow us on social media on Twitter at @EntergyLA and
@EntergyNOLA and on Facebook at facebook.com/EntergyLA and facebook.com/EntergyNOLA. We place a high priority on keeping our social media sites updated throughout any major events. And you always can access the main Entergy accounts at @Entergy or facebook.com/Entergy.
Entergy Louisiana, LLC provides electric service to more than 1 million customers and natural gas service to more than 93,000 customers in the greater Baton Rouge area. It has operations in southern, central and northeastern Louisiana.
Entergy New Orleans, LLC is an electric and gas utility that serves Louisiana’s Orleans Parish.
The company provides electricity to more than 200,000 customers and natural gas to more than 106,000 customers. Both companies are subsidiaries of Entergy Corporation.
Entergy Corporation is an integrated energy company engaged primarily in electric power
production and retail distribution operations. Entergy owns and operates power plants with
approximately 30,000 megawatts of electric generating capacity, including nearly 9,000 megawatts of nuclear power. Entergy delivers electricity to 2.9 million utility customers in Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas. Entergy has annual revenues of approximately $11 billion and more than 13,000 employees.
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