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|Gustav causes power outtages|
As many as 12,000 Entergy customers in Wisner, Gilbert and Ferriday were without power when they woke up Tuesday morning.
Entergy spokesman Kenny Solley said a break in the main transmission line just south of Winnsboro was the culprit."
"South of Winnsboro, what we have is a broken cross arm," Solley said. "Fortunately, it's accessible."
Solley said there are many transmission-line breaks throughout Louisiana and said the customers affected by the break in Winnsboro were lucky.
"A lot of these places we have a hard time getting into," Solley said.
Crews were working Tuesday morning to restore power to the line break, but it was slow going because of unfavorable weather conditions.
"When that comes up we're fairly certain we'll get the towns of Wisner, Gilbert and Ferriday up and running in short order," Solley said.
Statewide, more than 1-million Entergy customers lost power because of Hurricane Gustav.
State Sen. Mike Walsworth said that Gustav took out more electricity than Katrina in 2005.
"That's the big impact of this storm," said Walsworth, who chairs the Senate select committee on emergency preparedness. "About half the citizens of Louisiana were without power Monday night."
Solley said crews are out "doing what they can" to restore power, but the work was slow going because ongoing rains and wind were getting in the way.
One of the biggest impacts of the winds are on bucket trucks — the ubiquitous crane trucks with the personnel bucket on the end of a boom.
Solley said it is impossible to lift those buckets when the winds are gusting more than 25 miles an hour.
"It blows the bucket back and forth," Solley said. "When you're working around 30,000 volts, you don't want to be blown into a live wire."
Solley pointed out that, even though crews are working nonstop to repair downed lines, it is going to take some time.
"I know it's inconveniencing a lot of people, but the weather has not been cooperative in making that happen," Solley said.
Solley also cautioned that trees throughout the region are still falling.
That means more power outages.
"It's an uphill battle, but we're keeping our nose above water right now," Solley said.
If you lose power, you should report the outage immediately by calling 1-800-9-OUTAGE.