BEAUMONT, Texas – More than 400 additional workers have been requested to assist Entergy Texas, Inc. in restoring power to customers after Imelda dumped more than two feet of rain on Southeast Texas.
As of 5 p.m Thursday, approximately 34,000 customers are without power, with the highest number of outages reported in Montgomery, Jefferson, Galveston, Liberty and Orange Counties.
High water trucks and air boats are arriving to assist with the restoration efforts; however, flooded roadways and continued rainfall is substantially hampering progress.
“While the estimated times of restoration are very preliminary right now, it is hoped that all customers who can receive power will have it by the end of the week,” said Allen East, vice president of distribution for Entergy Texas, Inc.
Ongoing road conditions, flooding, access to power lines and the extent of damage to equipment all affect these estimates and how long it will take to restore power. Right now, it is hoped that customers who can take power will be restored no later than the following times:
·Beaumont area – 8 p.m. Saturday
·Orange area – 8 p.m. Saturday
·Vidor area – 8 p.m. Saturday
·Port Arthur area – 8 p.m. Saturday
·Winnie area – 8 p.m. Saturday