Electricity restored to nearly all of county with out-of-town help

Published 12:00 am Friday, September 9, 2005

NATCHEZ &045; Ninety percent of Adams County had electric service as of Friday afternoon, with isolated problem areas set to be online by the end of Sunday.

Thirty linemen from Pennsylvania arrived in Natchez Thursday afternoon to help Entergy workers restore power in Adams, Jefferson and Franklin counties.

Meanwhile, linemen from Michigan helped restore power in Wilkinson County.

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As of Thursday afternoon, Entergy crews were concentrating their Natchez efforts on Sherwood Drive &045; where most customers were expected to get power again later Thursday &045; and the LaGrange subdivision.

&uot;Outlying areas in (Adams) County have more extensive damage due to more tree exposure,&uot; said Stephen Caruthers, Entergy’s customer service manager for this area. &uot;Power will be restored to most of the customers in this area by Saturday and Sunday.&uot;

Outlying areas where most power was restored by Friday afternoon included Meadville, Roxie, Woodville, Centreville and most of Fayette.

Crews were working to restore power to most of Bude by the end of Friday.

The remaining trouble areas should have power restored Saturday and Sunday.

Despite the inconvenience, Caruthers said, southwest Mississippi is blessed compared to areas to the south and east.

&uot;We are committed to restoring power to southwest Mississippi before any of our resources are released to other areas,&uot; he said.

In addition, Entergy wants its customers to know:

4To stay away from Entergy workers so they will have more time to do their jobs.

4That customers should mail their Entergy payments as normal. Entergy is re-routing those payments to an alternate facility.