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6:00 am
Thu September 6, 2012

Mayor Landrieu Suggests Reviewing Hurricane Isaac Responses

New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu says the city responded well to the crisis posed by Hurricane Isaac. But he has some suggestions for improvements — especially regarding power outages.

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Hurricane Isaac
6:14 pm
Tue September 4, 2012

New Orleans substation outage affects thousands

As Entergy New Orleans works to restore power after Hurricane Isaac, an outage at a substation Tuesday is affecting nearly 11,000 customers in the city.

The outage happened about 3:30 p.m. and is affecting the Central Business District and the Mid-City and Uptown neighborhoods.

Before the failure, WWL-TV says Entergy reported the number of customers without power in Orleans Parish at about 5,000.

Entergy told WWL-AM they are trying to reroute power through another substation, but does not yet have an estimate of when the new outages will be restored.

Hurricane Isaac
4:39 pm
Tue September 4, 2012

Some St. Tammany boil-water advisories lifted

St. Tammany Parish officials say boil-water advisories have been lifted for 8 areas after tests showed no contamination of drinking water for customers of Tammany Utilities Water Systems.

Included are water systems for the following communities:

— Lake Hills (Lake Hills Village, Lake Hills Village Shopping Center).

— Madisonville (Madisonville Woods).

— St. Gertrude (St. Gertrude Heights).

— St. Joe (St. Joe Estates, Salvation Manor).

— Bedico Creek (Bedico Creek, Cedar Creek).

— Pineland Park (Pineland Park Estates subdivision).

Hurricane Isaac
4:36 pm
Tue September 4, 2012

Cable TV service coming back on

Cox Communications, which provides cable television service in the New Orleans and Baton Rouge areas, says its crews are working 24-hour shifts to restore service.

The company said an estimated 98 percent of customers in Baton Rouge and 88 percent of customers in the New Orleans area had service on Tuesday morning.

Hurricane Isaac
2:42 pm
Tue September 4, 2012

Power outages drop to two percent of customers

The widespread power outages caused by Hurricane Isaac have nearly all been repaired.

The Public Service Commission says nearly 38,000 homes and businesses remained without electricity Tuesday. That's about 2 percent of customers.

The largest remaining outages were in the two parishes hardest-hit by Isaac's flooding: Plaquemines and St. John the Baptist parishes. Plaquemines had 47 percent of its utility customers without power, and St. John had 25 percent waiting to be restored, according to the PSC data.

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Hurricane Isaac
2:00 pm
Sat September 1, 2012

Entergy: Power Could Be Out Several More Days

Hundreds of utility trucks were staged in New Orleans East, two days after Hurricane Isaac passed through the city.
Erin Krall WWNO

Pressure is mounting on the main power company in the New Orleans region to restore service knocked out by Hurricane Isaac. Relief may take several more days.

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Hurricane Isaac
4:56 pm
Wed August 29, 2012

Entergy Nuclear shuts Waterford 3 plant, continues to monitor conditions

Officials at Louisiana’s nuclear power plants are monitoring the progress of now-Tropical Storm Isaac, but say there have been no problems thus far.

Mike Bowling, spokesman for Entergy Nuclear, says the Waterford 3 plant, located in Killona, La. came offline at 5 p.m. yesterday, and has a core team of about 100 employees remaining on site.

The River Bend plant, located in St. Francisville, remains 100% operational, with a sequestered team on site as well.

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Hurricane Isaac
4:51 pm
Wed August 29, 2012

Entergy: 450,000 customers without power

Entergy says Hurricane Isaac has knocked out power to more than 450,000 residential and commercial in southeast Louisiana.

The company's website indicates that those included more than 150,000 in New Orleans, about 160,000 in Jefferson Parish, some 15,700 in St. Bernard, about 10,800 in Plaquemines, 27,300 in Lafourche, 16,000 in St. Charles, 16,700 in St. John the Baptist and 17,700 in Terrebonne Parish.

Officials say crews are not able to start repairs until winds drop below 30 or 35 mph, which is likely to be Thursday at the earliest.

Hurricane Isaac
3:55 pm
Wed August 29, 2012

Nuclear plant shut as Isaac precaution

The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission says a nuclear power plant west of New Orleans was shut down because of the threat from Hurricane Isaac, but two others in or near the hurricane's path remain at full power.

The NRC says the Waterford 3 plant in Taft, La., began a controlled shutdown at 3 p.m. Tuesday. The plant is about 20 miles west of New Orleans in St. Charles Parish.

The NRC says the River Bend plant, about 25 miles northwest of Baton Rouge, La., and Grand Gulf, near Port Gibson, Miss., remain at full power.

Hurricane Isaac
7:16 pm
Tue August 28, 2012

Nuclear Regulatory Commission in Louisiana for Isaac

The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission has dispatched additional personnel to two nuclear plants in Louisiana in response to the expected landfall of Tropical Storm Isaac.

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