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Thousands could still be without power until Friday

Entergy crews mobilizing outside Winn-Dixie on Burbank Drive. (Source: WAFB) Entergy crews mobilizing outside Winn-Dixie on Burbank Drive. (Source: WAFB)
BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) -

Entergy reported that some customers could be without power for another day or two.

"This morning 5000 were still without power in Baton Rouge," said Will Johnson, customer service representative for Entergy.

Officials say the damage from Monday's storms was much more extensive than they originally thought and in some areas crews are being forced to wait on special equipment.

"We're moving full restoration into Thursday and Friday," said Johnson. "The majority will be on by tomorrow. We are seeing some areas where we thought they were just trees, but it's much worse. We can't get the trucks to them and they require special equipment."

As of 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, Entergy reported that approximately 154,000 of the 176,000 Louisiana customers had their power restored. The company expects most of the customers power to be restored by late Wednesday night, but restoration for the hardest hit sections of Baton Rouge and Labadieville will extend into Thursday.

"We continue finding damage to our facilities even as we restore service," said Dennis Dawsey, Entergy's vice president of customer service. "We also relocate our crews to the heavily damaged areas as they complete restoration elsewhere. This concentrates our workforce to help speed up restoration for those still without power."

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