Hurricane Ida’s northwest turn just after landfall hammered Jefferson Parish, especially on its western side, with the knock-on effect that it has taken Entergy Louisiana crews longer there to assess damage and provide neighborhood restoration estimates than in New Orleans, the utility says.
Spokesperson Patrick Hamby said Jefferson restoration efforts “at a more granular level” could be coming as early as Saturday as crews continue to work on providing the information.
“It’s because damages on the western side from Orleans to St. Charles and beyond were worse” than in New Orleans, he said. “It hit Grand Isle – direct hit – and made that northwest turn, and that’s where the damages came.”
Entergy New Orleans published estimated times for New Orleans neighborhoods on Friday, and a similar list for Baton Rouge came Saturday morning. When provided, Jefferson Parish estimates will likely not include the Lafitte areas or Grand Isle, which were severely affected by the storm.
“New Orleans is about a day ahead of us as far as that process goes,” Hamby said. Jefferson is more populous than Orleans, and the task is also complicated by Jefferson’s size compared to Orleans: 655 square miles to about 350, Hamby said.
Hamby said the utility’s goal is to restore 90% of Jefferson customers by Wednesday, 10 days after Ida hit.
As of Saturday morning, more than 187,000 Entergy customers in Jefferson were without power. In New Orleans, the number was about 140,000, and in East Baton Rouge Parish, the number was 28,000.
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