WATCH: Gov. Edwards news conference on state’s response to Hurricane Delta

Gov. Edwards news conference on Hurricane Delta response

BATON ROUGE, La. (WVUE) -Governor John Bel Edwards held a news conference Sunday afternoon to provide an update on the state’s response to Delta.

The Governor will later travel to Allen and Evangeline parishes to meet with local officials.

Hurricane Delta made landfall in Louisiana Friday evening and although it wasn’t as strong as Hurricane Laura, power outages across the state are the main concern from Delta.

Gov. Edwards said Sunday that 9,100 people are in shelters. More than 800 of them are Hurricane Delta evacuees. The others are Laura evacuees that remain in state shelters and hotels.

Edwards also confirmed the first Delta-related death. An 86-year-old man from St. Martin Parish died while trying to refuel a generator while it was still hot, causing a fire.

The Louisiana National Guard is staging distribution points in Calcasieu, Allen, Jeff Davis, Vermillion and Grant parishes

As of 11 a.m. Sunday, Cleco had restored power to 64,969 of the more than 132,000 customers who lost power due to Hurricane Delta which impacted Cleco’s entire service area.

Damage assessors and crews have found 122 downed or broken poles, 357 downed or broken crossarms, 22 miles of power lines down, 243 trees on power lines and 42 damaged transformers.

More than 2,500 line mechanics, tree trimmers, and transmission resources and damage assessors were brought in to assist in the restoration efforts from as far away as Puerto Rico, North Carolina and Pennsylvania.

As of 9 a.m. Sunday, more than 50% of all Entergy Louisiana customers who can safely accept power have been restored after the first full day of restoration work following Delta’s landfall.

Teams have evaluated 55 percent of the system and found damage to 344 poles, 822 spans of wire and 123 transformers.

Peak outages following Delta saw 320,000 customers without service. As of 8:30 a.m. Sunday morning that number was down to 142,249.

A storm team of 8,200 and growing is on the ground across the state working to assess damage and make repairs to the electrical system caused by Hurricane Delta. See our latest update:

Posted by Entergy Louisiana on Sunday, October 11, 2020

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