Power outage numbers continue to tumble

Published 1:06 am Monday, September 3, 2012

NATCHEZ — Customers still without power in Adams County from Tropical Storm Isaac should be able to flip their light switches and rejoice this afternoon.

Southwest Mississippi Electric Power Association spokeswoman Azalea Knight said that as of Sunday afternoon, 240 customers were still without power in Adams County and 733 customers system-wide.

“It’s very satisfying to see those numbers coming down, and everything seems to be coming together to get those remaining customers back on,” Knight said. “We just appreciate everyone’s patience and understanding as we’ve gone through this period of restoration.”

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The servicemen restoring power to customers in Adams County were setback a few steps Saturday when a tree fell on a line ready to turn back on after lingering thunderstorms from Isaac swept into the Miss-Lou.

“As green as our area is and with as many trees as we have, those things are going to happen,” Knight said. “But we’re anticipating that we’ll have all the customers restored by noon (today).”

Entergy spokesman Tim Runnels said Sunday afternoon that power was restored to Adams, Franklin and Jefferson County customers.

“It’s been a good day, and we’ve been able to get a lot done,” Runnels said. “But we’ll keep going until everyone is back on.”

Runnels said there were approximately 13 customers still without power in Wilkinson and parts of Amite County.

“There may also be some customers that can’t take power right now because something might have happened to their house from the storm,” Runnels said. “But everyone who can take power right now is back on, and I’ll bet that number will be even lower by (Sunday) night.”

“My hat goes off to the guys in the field because they don’t always get the credit they deserve.”