Our hearts go out to the people of New Orleans, Baton Rouge, Houma, and Lafayette, and the countless other towns and cities throughout Louisiana, Texas and Arkansas in the wake of Hurricane Gustav the last few days. It is hard to imagine the physical and psychological suffering that those people have experienced within the short time of three years.

Entergy, the main electricity company in that area, has made significant headway in its recovery efforts from Katrina. Certainly Gustav has presented a challenge and the front page of Entergy’s website gives the story:

As of 5:30 a.m. on September 3:

  • Hurricane Gustav made landfall Sept. 1, at 10 a.m., near Cocodrie, Louisiana.
  • At the peak, 850,000 Entergy customers, primarily in Louisiana and Mississippi, had lost electrical service due to the storm.
  • Hurricane Gustav caused the second largest number of outages in company history, behind only Hurricane Katrina. Gustav restoration rivals the scale and difficulty of Hurricane Katrina restoration.

Part of the headway is Entergy's ability to keep the public informed of service outages. Interested people can keep abreast of Entergy’s progress in dealing with a service restoration that rivals the scale and difficulty of Hurricane Katrina restoration at this link. Here’s the big picture on outages.

Again, we’re thinking of you all in your time of trouble. - Jon