DEMCO: Power restored to half of customers, others may have to wait weeks
On Saturday, DEMCO said it could take close to a month to get power back to the hardest-hit areas and 53,659 customers are still without power.
The company said Friday it expects to make more significant progress over the weekend, but it could take up to four weeks to restore power for some depending on the damage.
Here's a parish-by-parish breakdown of DEMCO's current restoration progress.
Ascension – 15063 meters, 7851 out
-The Airline substation has power and we’re energizing what we can in Gonzales, Prairieville, St. Amant and Galvez
-French settlement substation is waiting for power at the metering point. This will restore many members in that area.
-Due to damage to infrastructure, other areas can expect outages for one to two weeks.
East Baton Rouge –35576 meters, 8553 out
-Metering Points: Flannery Rd restored; Terrell Rd still out
-Restored: Thompson Creek, Zachary, Dyer Road to Indian Mound, Flannery Rd. to -Greenwell Springs and Harrell’s Ferry
-Live Oak to Watson is currently being worked
-Most members will have power restored this week but about 1000 members in this area will require off-road equipment to get to them and will take longer to restore.
East Feliciana – 6054 meters, 1449 out
-Restoration in some areas around Clinton, Olive Branch and Pride Friday
Livingston – 45274 meters, 29335 out
-This is the hardest hit area with severe flooding and damage to our system – poles and lines down and stripped and flooding continues to prevent safe access
-Distribution feeders that can receive power will be energized
-Denham area – most of circuits hot; Main 3 phases are energized, but many single phase down
-Good progress in the Juban, Watson and Walker areas
-Crews working LIGO today, hoping to power up this evening or Saturday
-Working LIGO south circuit – circuits to restore businesses in Livingston – courthouse, homeland security building, epic, and plan to backfeed to get homeland cell tower on
-Denbury substation to LIGO is estimated 9/5-9/7
-Holden station is going to take weeks
St. Helena – 5227 meters, 5040 out
-Montpelier and Pine Grove area will be 2-3 weeks estimated time of restoration – damage is severe in this area
-Greensburg substation should be energized Friday
-Distribution feeders that can receive power Friday will be energized
-Working in the Grangeville to Darlington and Darlington to Greensburg beginning 9/3 with ETOR 9/3- 9/5
Tangipahoa – 628 meters, 626 out
-Outages in this area will take 3-4 weeks
-Deploying right of way cutting soon
West Feliciana – 4514 meters, 769 out
-We are close to complete restoration in Tunica, Bains and Elm Park.
-Remaining outages have accessibility challenges and will take longer
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