Nearly 30,000 residents still without power

Published 2:21 pm Thursday, August 31, 2017

From staff reports

About 29,000 Orange, Bridge City and Vidor residents are still without power, said a press release from Entergy.

Damage in these areas includes broken poles, damaged transformers, power lines down and trees on power lines.

The Entergy release said progress has been made in Orange with four substations being restored along with 15 main power lines, which restored service to Walmartin Orange and Bridge City, as well as the Urgent Care Center in Orange.

One substation in Orange lost power due to flowing and three substations remain out due to transmission lines being damaged, Entergy said.

Some areas impacted by the substation outages include downtown, old town, Lamar and Front streets, as well at 16th Street.

In Vidor, approximately 3,500 customers lost power this morning when two substations were knocked out due to flooding.

Assessments and restoration efforts are significantly impacted due to high water and road blockage preventing area workers from reaching customers and essential equipment. Entergy officials said in the press release the focus now will be place on restoration of substations, scouting to assess damage and restoring power where it is safe to do so.

There are an additional 51 Entergy workers committed to the Orange area who will arrive once safely able to travel from Lake Charles, Jasper and Woodville.