NEW ORLEANS, La. (KLFY) – Winter Storm Riley’s powerful blow to the East Coast continued to be felt Sunday with approximately 1 million homes and businesses in 16 states still in the dark.
As part of Entergy’s mutual assistance contingent, some 200 Louisiana employees and contractors are on their way to help restore power to those who need it.
The crews and support personnel are making their way to help customers of PECO Energy Company in Pennsylvania and FirstEnergy Corp. in New Jersey once it is safe to do so.
They were drawn from work groups around the state, leaving enough personnel to manage local needs, the company said today.
“We are glad to do our part in helping restore power following this powerful winter storm and in helping those affected get their lives back to normal as quickly as possible,” said Melonie Stewart, interim vice president of customer service in Louisiana. “We have benefited from the restoration assistance of other companies many times over the years, so we take pride in helping others when we’re called upon to do so.”
Entergy participates in mutual assistance agreements with utility companies across the country as well as within the Entergy family. When Entergy companies need help after major storms, other utilities send restoration workers to help safely restore power to customers. Likewise, when other utilities need outside help, Entergy crews travel to assist. In fact, their efforts have been recognized by the Edison Electric Institute for 20 consecutive years.