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Hard-to-reach equipment slowing down repairs in Baton Rouge neighborhood, Entergy says

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BATON ROUGE - A neighborhood in Baton Rouge has been without power for roughly a day as Entergy has struggled to reach damaged equipment.

The power company said the outage started around 2 p.m. Thursday and was initially attributed to downed powerlines in the Plantation Trace area. Entergy said the outage was caused by a downed branch that landed on lines.

As of around noon Friday, workers were still trying to restore power to the affected households.

An Entergy spokesperson said Friday that the damaged equipment was located in a rear alley behind someone's home, making it inaccessible to bucket trucks. The company said the homeowner refused to let crews onto their property with specialized equipment to reach the damaged lines, meaning workers had to manually climb the utility pole to make repairs.

A spokesperson said the process is admittedly "taking some time" due to their limited access.

"This is the second time in a month that the power has been off," said Janice Hinson, who owns a home in the neighborhood. Hinson spent Thursday night in a hotel because she couldn't bear the heat coming from a 100-degree heat index.

"It's been around 22 hours and it's been pretty miserable in this heat," Hinson said late Friday morning.

This is a developing story. 

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