With water levels creeping higher by the hour, the company decided to take six substations out of service as a safety measure and focus on protecting two that could be saved with levees—the Old Canton Road Substation serving northeast Jackson and the South Jefferson Street Substation serving the downtown area.
In a matter of seconds, the tornado demolished Entergy’s 115,000-volt Southwest Jackson Substation and severed six major transmission lines and numerous distribution lines, prompting crews to work around the clock until full service was restored.
They say it takes a village. But when extreme weather events tear apart the communities we serve, it actually takes an army of electric line workers and contractors to put the pieces back together again.
When extreme weather causes power outages, thoughts usually turn to utility crews in bucket trucks repairing the poles and wires necessary to restore electric service. Behind the scenes, however, a completely different scenario is unfolding — one involving housing, food and fuel for hundreds, sometimes thousands, of workers.
A hundred years ago, Arkansas businessman Harvey Couch was making good on his vision to electrify the South when he incorporated The Mississippi Power and Light Company, the precursor of Entergy Mississippi. His new venture not only brought modern electric service to the Mississippi Delta—the heart of the state’s agricultural economy—but also unlocked future growth opportunities in a region rich with potential.
As we reflect on Women’s History Month, we salute all the women and supporters that keep the doors open at Dress for Success New Orleans.
Entergy recognized the first EmPOWERing Pro Bono Day by connecting pro bono attorneys and resources with nearly 200 residents of Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas.
Meet Cristian Figueroa, an intern at the Entergy Texas distribution operations center.
Renee now oversees the New Orleans Power Station as plant manager.