Insights > Restoration Update: 9/5/17, 5 p.m.
Restoration Update: 9/5/17, 5 p.m.
At 5:00 pm approximately 14,700 Entergy Texas customers were without power of the 192,000 affected by the storm. Many customers have seen multiple outages that we have restored. Our workers continue to safely restore power as quickly as possible.
For areas that have flooded, Entergy is inspecting meters then repairing and replacing them as is necessary. Customers may need to make repairs to property and obtain inspections before Entergy is able to safely restore power to these locations. For more information please click here.
Safety considerations after a flood:
Did the water level rise above your electrical outlets but stop below the electric meter?
If you are present when Entergy workers arrive:
- We will advise you to turn off your main breaker and have repairs made. You will then need to turn your main breaker back on.
- For your safety, we suggest a qualified electrician inspect electrical equipment inside of the facility or home, even if your city or county does not require inspection. If the breaker is turned on before such inspections, you may cause personal injury or property damage.
For customers with property damage:
- If your property has any water damage, please turn off the electricity at either the main fuse box or circuit breaker.
- Call a licensed electrician for advice when necessary.
- Don’t step in water to get to the fuse box or circuit breaker.
- A licensed electrician may need to inspect your property’s electric wiring before we can restore power to a home or business that has water damage from rain or flood waters.
For customers without property damage:
- Property owners without storm damage should still be cautious.
- Look for electrical system damage after power is restored. If you see sparks, broken or frayed wires, or the smell of hot insulation is noticeable, turn off the electricity at either the main fuse box or circuit breaker.
Power has been restored to all customers in the Beaumont area impacted by Hurricane Harvey except for customers served by flood damaged equipment, areas that are still flooded, and areas impacted by the Amelia substation or Bevil substation outages.
The majority of assessments today were done by boats and amphibious machines. Workers are in the Amelia and Bevil areas where mobile substations are being installed. Pinewood assessments are complete. Assessments and infrastructure repairs are complete in Countrywood. Bevil Oaks and Northwest Forest continue to be assessed, as well as the south county areas of Fannett and La Belle.
With the arrival of the mobile substation at Amelia yesterday, work to restore power to the formerly flooded Amelia substation continues. Customers impacted by this substation outage include those along North Major Drive to Highway 105, Delaware St. to Barrington Heights, parts of Folsom Dr. and the Amelia area. Power is estimated to be restored to this area tomorrow Wednesday, September 6.
With the arrival of the mobile substation at Bevil yesterday, work to restore power to the formerly flooded Bevil substation is underway. Customers impacted by this substation outage include those in the areas north and west of the intersection of Hwy 105 and Major Drive. Power is estimated to be restored to this area by Thursday, September 7.
Port Arthur, Mid-County
Power will be restored by tonight, September 5, to all customers in Port Arthur and the surrounding areas impacted by Hurricane Harvey, except for customers served by flood damaged equipment and areas that are still flooded. Workers today continued restoration efforts in the previously flooded El Vista area as well as on newly reported smaller, isolated outages throughout the Port Arthur, Groves, Nederland, Port Neches and Port Acres areas.
Workers continued assessments of areas that could not be safely turned on because of potentially flood damaged equipment. Airboats fitted with specialized construction equipment and other high water vehicles are being used to restore power to areas that are not reachable by truck.
Workers continue to identify and repair or replace underground equipment that was damaged by flooding. Additional workers specializing in underground restoration continue to arrive and are assisting in the restoration efforts.
Power has been restored to all customers in the Dayton area who were impacted by Hurricane Harvey, except for customers served by flood damaged equipment and areas that are still flooded.
Orange, Vidor, Bridge City
Power will be restored by tonight, Tuesday September 5, to all customers in the Orange County area impacted by Hurricane Harvey except for customers served by equipment damaged by flood water, areas that are still flooded and areas impacted by the Vidor substation and Viway substation outages.
Power has been restored to 1,743 customers today as Entergy workers continue to work on the individual power lines and equipment in neighborhoods in Vidor and Orange that are accessible. Power has been restored to those who can safely receive it in the Huntwick and Hillbrook area in Orange. Byley Blvd, Simpson Ave. and parts of Barkins Ave. were also restored today, Tuesday. September 5.
Beginning at 10 am tomorrow, Wednesday, Sept. 6 the Mayhaw substation in Vidor will undergo a six-hour outage, impacting 2,000 customers. Areas experiencing this outage will be FM 1132, the north side of IH-10 from Jennings to Doty Rd., the south side of IH-10 in the area of Easy Ln., State Hwy 12 from FM 1132 to Cow Bayou, Linscomb Rd., Evangeline Ln., Railroad Avenue and Lost Lake. Workers will be adding a transformer and related infrastructure that will bring power to other customers as much as five days earlier than anticipated.
Mobile substations are being utilized to restore power to Vidor substation, which is causing outages for 3,896 customers. Customers north of IH-10 on Hwy 105 up to Travillo Rd including Pine Forest and Lake View can expect to be restored by Thursday, September 7th, provided the property is able to take power.
Mobile substations are being utilized to restore power to Viway substation, causing outages for 1,480 customers. Customers in Rose City, areas south of IH-10 between Hwy 1132 and the Neches River, and the Maple Crest addition North of IH-10 can expect to be restored by Friday, September 8th, provided the property is able to take power.
Hardin County, Tyler County
Silsbee, Woodville, Lumberton
Power has been restored to all customers in the Silsbee, Lumberton and Woodville areas impacted by Hurricane Harvey except for customers served by flood damaged equipment, areas that are still flooded and areas impacted by the McDonald substation outage.
With the arrival of the mobile substation, work to restore power to the McDonald substation is underway, which is causing outages for approximately 677 customers. Workers are completing repairs to damaged equipment served by the McDonald substation in preparation for when it is energized. Customers impacted by this substation outage include those in north and east Silsbee along Hwy 418 and Hwy 92 north. At this time we estimate your power will be restored by end of day tomorrow Wednesday, September 6th, provided there is no additional flooding.
Power has been restored to all customers in the Winnie area impacted by Hurricane Harvey except for customers served by flood damaged equipment and areas that are still flooded.
Conroe, The Woodlands, Huntsville, Navasota, New Caney, Cleveland
All customers in these areas should be fully restored except for customers served by flood damaged equipment.
Entergy has brought additional restoration workers to Texas. As with most restoration efforts, Entergy is focusing on restoring power to essential services first, and then the effort will focus on restoring service to areas where the greatest numbers can be restored fastest. This is how we approach things at this stage:
- Essential services such as hospitals, nursing homes, fire and police departments, and water systems are at the head of the restoration list, along with our equipment that supplies electricity to large numbers of customers.
- Then we will concentrate our resources on getting the greatest number of customers back the fastest.
- We cannot use our bucket trucks until sustained winds are less than 30 mph, but we can still begin restoring service to customers by closing circuit breakers, rerouting power and other actions.
As with any weather event, please be mindful of the following safety tips:
- Live wires can be deadly. Stay away from downed power lines. Call 1-800-9OUTAGE or 1-800-968-8243 to report downed or dangling power lines, poles or other damaged equipment.
- Do not trim trees or remove debris on or near downed power lines. Only power company crews or their contractors should remove trees or limbs touching power lines.
- Keep away from the immediate areas where crews are working. There is always the danger of moving equipment and the possibility of construction materials, limbs, or overhead wires falling to the ground.
- If you plan on using a generator for temporary power, get a licensed electrician and disconnect from the utility electric system before hooking up to your home main electric panel.
- Do not run a generator in a confined space without adequate ventilation.
- Avoid using candles or other flammable devices to warm your home.
- Try to stay off the roads. More traffic in bad weather leads to more accidents, including more injuries and fatalities as well as accidents that can damage electrical poles and other equipment, creating outages and impeding the ability of crews to access and repair damage and slowing restoration.
We want to keep you informed and in control. Here is the best way to get information about outages in addition to the View Outage application:
- Download our app for your smartphone at entergy.com/app or visit entergystormcenter.com to stay informed on our restoration progress.
- Sign up for text alerts. From your cellphone, text REG to 368374 or visit entergytext.com.
- Follow us on Twitter.com/EntergyTX or Facebook.com/EntergyTX.
- Follow updates in your local news media, like radio, television and newspapers.