Tuesday, September 06, 2005


Entergy working quickly

7:35 A.M. - Chanel LaGarde, Entergy spokesman: We have 385,000 customers back on and we have some downtown buildings back, along with two pumping stations. We're back in Algiers now, but it will be 2-3 weeks to get everyone back there.
7:33 A.M. - LaGarde: Return of power to everyone in New Orleans and St. Bernard will be "months not weeks."

Monday, 8:09 p.m.By Lynne JensenStaff writerElectrical power has been restored to some areas of Jefferson Parish, but Orleans, St. Bernard and Plaquemines parishes remained in the dark Monday.But portions of Orleans Parish, including the Central Business District and the Crescent City Connection, have “energized’’ substations prepared to distribute power as soon as buildings in the area are ready to accept it, Entergy spokesman Chanel Lagarde said Monday.

That could soon mean the lighting the CCC, a rainbow of hope for New Orleans, which was plunged into darkness more than a week ago when Hurricane Katrina brought the city to its knees.

Parts of East Jefferson and Kenner have already had their power restored and the entire parish should be up and running in 2 to 4 weeks, Lagarde said.

Bucktown and nearby neighborhoods should have power “sometime next week,” Lagarde said. “They can expect to see crews working and power being restored.”

Entergy has restored power to 340,000 of its 800,000 costuers, he said.In the next two weeks, Cleco plans to restore power to 80 percent of about 80,000 customers it serves in sections of St. Tammany and Washington parishes, Cleco spokesman Robbyn Cooper said Monday.Lawrence St. Blanc, a staff member of the Louisiana Public Service Commission, said power might restored as soon as today to the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center in New Orleans..“If we have any luck we may have that baby up tomorrow,’’ he said.

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