Cleco on July 15 said that its crews continue with restoration efforts after Tropical Storm Barry left about 63,000 customers without power across Louisiana, with power restored to about 46,000 of those customers at noon.
James Lass, general manager of distribution operations and emergency management with Cleco, said in the statement that the company has restored power to 73% of its customers since the height of the storm.
As noted in “Tropical Storm Barry | Report #3,” by the U.S. Department of Energy Office of Cybersecurity, Energy Security, and Emergency Response, as of 11 a.m., EDT, on July 14, Tropical Storm Barry was 50 miles south-southeast of Shreveport, La., moving north at 9 MPH, with maximum sustained winds of 40 MPH. As of 11 a.m., EDT, the report added, there were 141,224 customer outages reported across Alabama, Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, and Texas, including 131,492 customers in Louisiana.
According to DOE’s July 15 “Tropical Cyclone Barry | Report #4 – Final,” as of 11 a.m., EDT, Tropical Depression Barry was 70 miles west-northwest of Little Rock, Ark., moving north at 12 MPH, with maximum sustained winds of 25 MPH, and was expected to continue to produce periods of heavy rainfall across portions of the Mississippi Valley.
Entergy Louisiana spokesperson Lee Sabatini on July 15 told TransmissionHub that service has been restored to “270,000 customers in Louisiana since Barry hit the state. We’ve made significant progress in our restoration efforts and we currently have approximately 18,000 customers out across Louisiana.”
Sabatini added that the largest concentration of customers is in Terrebonne Parish, where “we encountered some accessibility issues, but our crews continue to restore as quickly and safely as they can.”
According to a July 13 Entergy statement, as of 10:30 a.m., that day, about 58,000 customers were without power.
More than 2,900 restoration workers have been mobilized and are working to restore power where it is safe to do so, the statement noted, adding that the greatest threat from the storm continues to be significant flooding over parts of south Louisiana.
Among other things, Entergy said that customers are urged to stay away from downed power lines and flooded areas.
In its statement, Cleco listed safety reminders to customers, including that if water is rising, customers should turn off electricity at the main breaker, evacuate, and stay away until waters have completely receded.
A July 14 statement from Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards’ office noted that the governor has activated 3,000 members of the Louisiana National Guard, and that Louisiana’s Emergency Operations Center is “activated around the clock to coordinate with federal and local partners in” response to the storm.
The statement noted that for sheltering information, the public should call 211 or text keyword LASHELTER to 898211.