500 remain without power after weekend storm, outage|[08/05/08]

Published 12:00 am Tuesday, August 5, 2008

The 500 homes and businesses in Vicksburg and Warren County still without power following a Saturday night storm should have the air conditioners humming again today, Entergy spokesman Don Arnold said this morning.

Additional Entergy crews arrived in Vicksburg Monday from north Mississippi and Arkansas, which aided in getting the power back for many of the 3,500 customers who were without power Monday morning. Entergy has about 25,000 customers in the city and county.

“We’ve made a lot of progress in the past 24 hours, and we’re continuing to get more crews today,” Arnold said. “We’ve got the toughest jobs left. They’re going to take a lot of manpower, but we should be able to get them all done today.”

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Meanwhile, Vicksburg Video has restored cable and Internet service to all of its estimated 8,500 customers, said Beau Balch, general manager. Crews were delayed Monday when a piece of fiber optic cable was cut while repairs were being made.

“We had most everybody back up on Sunday. We’re staying right behind (Entergy), and we should be finished by this morning,” Balch said.

The storm swept through Vicksburg around 11 p.m. Saturday, dropping trees across roads and power lines – and leaving as many as 5,500 Entergy customers in the county without electricity. Statewide, Arnold said an estimated 54,000 Entergy customers were left without power as the large storm system passed over Mississippi. No injuries were reported.

“The majority of the outages came in central and northern Mississippi,” Arnold said. “The crews have really been working hard, and when they’re finished here it sounds like they’re going to be sent to Texas to deal with (tropical storm) Edouard. A lot of these guys are weary and tired, but they’ve got to go.”