Entergy says it will take weeks to get power back up in Lake Charles area

State News

LAKE CHARLES, La. (KLFY) – Entergy has more than 8,000 people on the ground in
southwest Louisiana to rebuild a power grid severely damaged by Hurricane Laura’s 150
mph sustained winds.

All nine transmission lines that deliver power into the Lake Charles area are currently out of service as a result of storm damage to multiple structures and spans of wire. A significant number of transmission structures were damaged beyond repair and require complete replacement.

Entergy Louisiana expects to energize the first of its transmission lines into Lake Charles in two weeks. With this first source energized, the priority is to reenergize other transmission
facilities required to restart power generation sources within the Lake Charles area,
including Calcasieu Plant and Lake Charles Power Station. These generating sources will
allow Entergy Louisiana to power some critical community infrastructure and essential
services such as hospitals, other utilities and public safety, as well as restoration of some
customers.

“We understand going without power for this extended period will be challenging, and
this is not the news customers want to hear. But we have thousands of workers dedicated to
rebuilding our grid as quickly as they safely can to return some normalcy to our customers’
lives,” said Phillip May, Entergy Louisiana
president and CEO.

A breakdown of the damaged infrastructure in southwest Louisiana includes
approximately 1,000 transmission structures, 6,637 broken poles, 2,926 transformers and 338
miles of downed distribution wire.
The statewide breakdown of distribution system damages includes 8,436 poles, 3,434
transformers and 463 miles of downed wire.

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