Entergy Texas updates recovery plan and damage assessment for region
Published 11:22 am Wednesday 25 January 2023
Entergy Texas said the majority of customers are expected to be recovered Wednesday except for the hardest-hit areas after Tuesday’s late afternoon storm.
As of 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, Entergy Texas officials said repair crew members made significant progress on the restoration overnight after heavy rain, 50 to 60 mph winds, lightning and multiple tornadoes Tuesday.
About 17,200 customers were without power as of 9am Wednesday, down from a peak of more than 32,000 at 5pm Tuesday.
Additional resources were deployed to the hardest-hit areas of Orange, Port Arthur, Winnie and Beaumont to support recovery efforts.
Orange County remains the hardest-hit area with more than 13,000 customers without power as of 9 a.m
Critical transmission infrastructure and 11 substations were damaged by the storms. Four substations were restored. This equipment is vital as it allows power to be transmitted to the area.
Entergy Texas expects to have power restored to most customers Wednesday, with most customers on the Beaumont, Port Arthur and Winnie networks restored by the end of the day.
The majority of customers are expected to recover Wednesday, except for the hardest-hit areas in Orange County due to the severity of the equipment damage.
The damage assessment is in progress.
Outage counts and estimated recovery times as of Tuesday 9:00 am are as follows.
The Beaumont network of Bevil Oaks, China, Nome and area has 68 customers with a 10pm restoration time on Wednesday.
The Orange Network of Bridge City, Little Cypress, Mauriceville, Pine Forest, Pinehurst, Rose City, Vidor and area has 13,393 customers with a recovery time of 10pm Thursday.
The Port Arthur Network of Groves, Nederland, Port Neches, Taylor Landing and surrounding areas has 910 customers with a recovery time of 10:00 p.m. on Wednesday.
The Winnie Network of Anahuac, Bolivar Peninsula and Surroundings has 322 customers and a recovery time of 10:00 p.m. Wednesday.
Orange Network’s damage analyzes show 40 downed poles, 11,000 feet of downed cables, 20 damaged transformers and 45 damaged trusses.
About 100 crew members are in the area working to restore power, with additional resources arriving later in the morning.
The Port Arthur Network damage assessment found two fallen poles, three fallen trees, 2,700 feet of fallen wire and six damaged cross arms.