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Restoration Update

Tuesday, September 05, 2017

Since yesterday morning, we restored nearly 5,100 Texas customers, leaving approximately 17,400 still without power of the 192,000 affected by the storm. Many customers have seen multiple outages that we have restored.

Nearly 2,300 workers continue to safely restore power as quickly as possible, but flooding is significantly impacting Entergy’s ability to restore power to customers in some areas, and flooding is expected to continue for several days.

As we work to restore transmission lines and replace heavily damaged substations, our crews at times will need to de-energize some of our lines to safely complete repairs that bring power to more customers. Customers may see outages as restoration progresses.

As the water subsides, we are bringing in mobile substations to serve each community that has received the most damage to their substation while we begin to repair and rebuild.

Mobile substations will help supply power for communities with severely damaged substations:

  • Amelia substation customers in Beaumont will be powered by a mobile substation from Entergy Mississippi by the end of day Sept. 6.
  • Bevil substation customers in Beaumont will be powered by a mobile substation from Cleco beginning Sept. 7.
  • McDonald substation in Hardin County will receive a mobile unit from Oncor, and customers will begin receiving power by Sept. 6.
  • Vidor substation in Vidor will be powered by a mobile substation from Washington St. Tammany Electric Coop, Inc., beginning Sept. 7. A mobile unit from Entergy Louisiana is headed to Vidor as well.
  • Viway substation in Rose City will use the same remedies as Vidor, beginning Sept. 8.

Mobile substations are proven and effective, and they can be used for long periods of time. But they still take time to deploy. These units are not like generators that can just be plugged in to work. Set up can take several days while crews make connections, lay foundation mats on saturated grounds, build transmission lines and match voltages. In addition, as power is restored to new areas, we may need to reconfigure, causing additional temporary outages.

Some mobile substations will be placed in semi-public areas. As with any large piece of electrical equipment, safety is a primary concern. Temporary fencing will surround the mobile substations, and no one other than qualified workers should pass these barriers.


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