Entergy power outage extended in downtown Lake Charles

Published: Jan. 19, 2023 at 10:04 AM CST|Updated: Jan. 19, 2023 at 7:29 PM CST
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Lake Charles, LA (KPLC) - An already bad situation has turned worse, Entergy has extended the power outage in downtown Lake Charles until noon Friday.

“I feel like I’m living off the grid,” Muller’s Lofts resident Jared Bellard said.

According to Entergy, the scheduled outage is to allow for emergency repairs to be completed on the downtown electric grid after crews working underground determined that there was more damage than what was initially identified.

Residents at Muller’s Lofts are doing their best to adapt.

“I have family here, so I was able to bring all of my refrigerator and freezer contents to my mother’s house, which I didn’t want to do at 9 o’clock at night but found it necessary,” resident Susan Chenet said.

Other people weren’t so lucky.

“For food, I’ve just been a hunter-gatherer here I guess, all things in my fridge went bad so I’ve just been eating fast food, which again is frustrating because I’m a routine kind of guy and it’s got me out of sorts,” resident Jared Bellard said.

“I think the biggest annoyance is no hot water and everything in the fridge going bad,” resident Jay Williams said.

The loss of electricity may be frustrating but one resident says being without power is nothing new.

“Being in hurricane alley I’m prepared, I got a million flashlights, everything was charged up, I have battery back ups I’m prepared so I have no problems dealing with no electricity,” Chenet said.

Calcasieu Parish Police Jury facilities and services affected by the power grid repairs will reopen for normal business at 8 a.m. Friday. Lake Charles City Hall and the Civic Center will remain closed.

Utility crews are currently using equipment like pulling machines to send underground powerlines to different connection points downtown.

Residents are being asked to be mindful of crews working in the area and to keep their distance from the worksites.

Entergy officials said a multi-year plan to replace underground cables and upgrade the city’s electrical system downtown is underway.