Entergy estimates all power restored by Wednesday for Warren County

Published 3:05 pm Monday, June 19, 2023

It could be mid-week before power is restored to some Entergy customers in Warren County, according to information from the utility.

“The goal is still to have everything restored by Wednesday evening,” said Victoria Love, Entergy customer service representative for Warren County.

The timetable is a change from the estimate Entergy officials gave Saturday afternoon when they indicated that power would be restored by Sunday. At that time, 5,404 customers in Warren County remained without power.

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Presently, Love said, 4,269 Entergy customers scattered across the county remain without power in the wake of an EF-1 tornado that touched down in southern Warren County early Friday morning, taking down trees, power poles and damaging 19 homes, two businesses and a church on Redbone Road.

At the height of the storm 9,447 county Entergy customers were without power — the second-highest number of outages in Mississippi.

Warren County still holds the second-place spot for most outages as of Monday afternoon, behind Hinds County, which has 16,085 outages.

“Our latest update shows 23 poles down and 100 strands of wire down,” Love said. “They’re trying to get that back up.”

She added Entergy had 15 cross members that hold the wire up on the downed poles.

Also, downed trees in some areas contain power lines with them that have to be removed.

As of 5:30 p.m. Monday Sheriff Martin Pace said the following county roads remained closed: Kavanaugh Drive, LaFleur Drive, Dudley Road, Burnthouse Road, Dogwood Lake Drive, Jeff Davis Road at Fisher Ferry, Redbone Road near Still Drive, Sherman Avenue near Standard Hill Road,  Funches Road and Warriors Trail near the Big Black River.

“All of the roads that are partially or totally blocked have utility lines entangled in the trees and  can’t be removed until the utility company removes the lines,” he said.   

“Everything that did not have power lines in it has already been cleared,” Pace said. “The ones that are still on hold are the ones that have utility lines entangled in the trees and the road crew can’t address that until the power company removes lines and renders it safe.”

About John Surratt

John Surratt is a graduate of Louisiana State University with a degree in general studies. He has worked as an editor, reporter and photographer for newspapers in Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama. He has been a member of The Vicksburg Post staff since 2011 and covers city government. He and his wife attend St. Paul Catholic Church and he is a member of the Port City Kiwanis Club.

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