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Entergy could bring security lighting to areas in the dark

Security light in New Zion area (photo by Jessica Holly) Security light in New Zion area (photo by Jessica Holly)

New Orleans, La. - National Night Out Against Crime will be more like "Community Lights Out" Tuesday night for a New Orleans neighborhood in the dark. 

While neighbors in the Zion City neighborhood wait for the city to make streetlight repairs, there is another option that may bring light their way.

When it comes to streetlight outages, Gerard Rouchon says the list is long in the Zion City area.  "Look like we've been forgotten back here," said Rouchon. 

The streetlights in that neighborhood are among more than 8,000 waiting for repair in the city of New Orleans.

The first Zion City National Night Out Against Crime is Tuesday.  Rouchon and Cynthia Harris are organizers.  "The street is going to barricaded off from Thalia to here," said Harris.  "And we have no lighting at all,' she added.

Not only are the streetlights out, but a once-brightly shining security light in the area is now in the dark.  It appears to be an Entergy security light that once serviced a now-vacant home.  

Since April of last year, Entergy New Orleans reports installing 1,447 security lights in neighborhoods across the city.  The cost depends on the amount of electricity used for the lights.  Fees can range from 13 to 60 dollars a month.

"Maintenance is included in that," said Philip Allison with Entergy New Orleans.  "So if the light burns out, we'll come out and fix it.  If it's damaged during a storm, we'll come out and fix it as well.  It's just an extra way we can help our customers make their home or business a little more safe."

Gerard Rouchon and Cynthia Harris were happy to hear about the Entergy security light service.  While they wait for streetlight repairs, they hope to get the security light back on to help fight crime in their neighborhood.

'It can't prevent it, but it can help," said Harris. 

FOX 8 requested a streetlight repair update from the city.  We received the following information from Mayor Landrieu's office:

In May, the Administration identified $8 million in one-time federal recovery funds (Disaster Community Development Block Grants) to pay for expensive repairs and significantly increase capacity. This was in addition to the $1.84 million from the City's General Fund that was budgeted for streetlight maintenance and management and has already been expended.

* Total number of outages restored since Mayor Landrieu took office = 19,296

* Total number of streetlight outages reported as of end of September 2012 = 8,288 ( nearly half are major repairs that can take up to 30 days to repair)

Here's the breakdown of how many crews are working daily, and how many hours they are working:

* Total number of crews working prior to May 2012 = 3 crews working five days a week, 10 hours per day

* Total number of crews working starting now = 15 crews working six days a week, 13 hours per day

There are 20 types of streetlight poles, 6 types of bases, 10 types of arm supports, 15 types of fixtures, 6 types of lamps, and 15 different bulb wattages, to include interstate steel and concrete poles and fixtures. Poles range in price from approx. $2K-20K and fixtures range in price from $400-1,450.

For more information on Entergy New Orleans security lighting go to http://www.entergy-neworleans.com/outdoorlighting/security_lighting.aspx  or call 1-866-603-0192.

For more information on Entergy Louisiana security lighting go to http://www.entergy-louisiana.com/outdoorlighting/security_lighting.aspx or call 1-866-603-0192.

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