The damage from Laura’s historic intensity caused catastrophic damage to the Entergy system across Louisiana and Texas. The eye wall, which brings the most damaging winds and intense rainfall, passed directly over Lake Charles, Louisiana, causing widespread damage to that area and our system.
There are nine transmission lines feeding into the Lake Charles area, all of which have been catastrophically damaged. Laura caused the most severe damage the company has experienced to its transmission system, surpassing that of Hurricane Gustav that hit southeast Louisiana in 2008.
For customers to begin receiving power in the Lake Charles area, the transmission lines must first be rebuilt. Those that received major damage may need to be fully reconstructed in parts.
Once the transmission lines are flowing electricity into the city, into the substations then through the distribution lines, homes and businesses will be able to accept power.
Entergy Louisiana expects to energize the first of its transmission lines into Lake Charles in two weeks.
With this first line energized, the priority is to then reenergize other transmission facilities required to restart power generation sources within the Lake Charles area, including Calcasieu Plant and Lake Charles Power Station. These generating sources will allow Entergy Louisiana to power essential services and facilities critical to public health and safety, as well as restoration of some customers.
Entergy expects it will be about two to three weeks before power is available to customers in the Lake Charles area who can safely receive it. Restoring power will take longer to customers in inaccessible areas of the region.
Initial estimates indicated it will take weeks to rebuild all transmission lines in Calcasieu and Cameron parishes. Until that work is complete, resumption of normal service could be limited.
Crews will continue working in parallel to transmission to restore substations and the distribution system that feed homes and businesses. The company is also aggressively exploring other opportunities to jump-start the power flow in Lake Charles by enabling generators located in the city to begin producing electricity without the need for a transmission source to provide start-up power.