Entergy and DEMCO crews work to restore power

Entergy and DEMCO crews work to restore power
St. Joseph at Europe in Baton Rouge (Source: Josh Jackson)
St. Joseph at Europe in Baton Rouge (Source: Josh Jackson)

BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - Entergy reported widespread outages across many parts of south Louisiana that could leave some people in the dark until Wednesday night or later.

Entergy officials said downed trees on power lines are causing the most problems with trying to get the electricity turned back on.

In a release Tuesday, Entergy said about 90% of their customers should have their power back by Tuesday night. 

Power should be restored for most people hit hard in areas of East Baton Rouge, Assumption, Tangipahoa and Lafourche parishes by Wednesday evening. The hardest hit areas of Baton Rouge and Labadieville could be without power until Thursday. 

They added they have hundreds of crews working as fast as possible to get power restored. 

"This storm came all of a sudden," Will Johnson, customer service representative for Entergy, said Tuesday. "With hurricanes, we know they are coming, so we try to plan for them. We have people in place. With this one, we're starting with ground zero." 

Entergy officials say the power should be restored for St. Bernard, St. James, St. John and Ascension parishes by Tuesday afternoon. About 90% of customers in Livingston, West Baton Rouge, Ascension Iberville, Pointe Coupee, East Feliciana, West Feliciana, Lafayette, St. Martin, Iberia, St. Landry, Vermillion, Plaquemines and Orleans parishes should have their power back already.

DEMCO also reported some outages after the storm. 

DEMCO officials said high winds from the storm blew electric poles over and knocked trees onto power lines. 

They brought in contractors and crews from out of state to help restore power to their customers.

As of Tuesday, DEMCO had less than 300 customers affected, according to their website.