A lot of Lafourche Parish will have electricity back before Entergy's goal date of Sept. 29 for the restoration of power.
The power company provided an update on social media today, saying that they are working hard throughout all reaches of the parish to repair a system that was ravished by Ida.
To date, 98% of Lafourche is without power, but that number is going to shrink little-by-little in the coming days and weeks as work continues.
"While the estimated date of restoration is September 29, we expect to begin powering critical facilities and other social infrastructure within the parish in advance of this date," the company says. "We expect to continue this focus while we expand to residential areas and restore power to the parish."
Entergy said that while most of Lafourche will have power by or before September 29, there are areas in Lafourche that may have to receive electricity after the target date.
The company said specifically pinpointed Golden Meadow and areas south of Golden Meadow where the electric network will have to be completely rebuilt due to Ida's worst winds whipping that area.
"These areas may experience outages that extend beyond September 29," the company said.
Entergy said it is evaluating alternative solutions to be able to safely provide power as quickly as possible.
La. Highway 1 has been cleared to allow equipment to be moved all the way to Port Fourchon.
All of La. Highway 308 has been cleared from 138, and with that, Entergy says it is working to restore power for Ochsner St. Anne – much like it did for Thibodaux Regional a few days ago.
Work is ongoing in Raceland, Mathews, Valentine, Lockport, Larose and Cut Off communities and work will continue without stopping until lights are restored.
Entergy said in Lafourche alone, there were 7,296 broken poles and 7,972 spans of wire down. There were damage to 617 transformers and 3,073 X-arms were damaged.
Today, Entergy will be working hard to rebuild infrastructure around the parish, while working to restore power to Ochsner St. Anne.
By tomorrow, the power company said approximately 1,800 customers in the Mathews community should see power, and by September 10, the majority of Raceland and Mathews community should be restored.