Progress in Entergy Power Restoration, But Long Way to Go

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

BEAUMONT, Texas -- Entergy Texas predicts it will finish its assessment of damage from Hurricane Ike across most of its 15,000-square-mile service area by Monday night.

Once that's done, Entergy will figure out how best to deploy an army of about 14,000 repair workers from more than 30 states, the District of Columbia and Canada.

Entergy has managed to reconnect about 10,000 customers so far out of 392,000 who lost power when Ike came ashore Saturday morning.

There's a bit of good news: Entergy Texas spokesman Dave Caplan tells The Beaumont Enterprise that the utility's major 500-kilovolt line called the Hartburg line -- is running. After Hurricane Rita,
in September 2005, it took about 10 days to revive that line.

The utility has reconnected hospitals in Beaumont and Orange so far and restored power to much of downtown Beaumont.

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