NATCHEZ – Planned power outages have occurred in an area just north of Duncan Park over the past two weeks as Entergy crews work to update lines, the Entergy spokesperson said, Tim Runnels.
Temporary blackouts reoccurred, some of them lasting only a few hours and others a full day. Most of the affected customers are in the 500 block of Park Place, Runnells said. Other affected streets include Cherry and Walnut streets, Duncan and Auburn Avenue, Winchester Road and Magnolia Place, he said.
One of these blackouts occurred Thursday in the district of Winchester Road.
Nearly 80 Entergy customers lost power just before 9 a.m., leaving them without power for more than 8 hours in hot summer weather. The Entergy website said “maintenance and reliability upgrades are underway” in the region and estimates power will be restored by 2:30 am.
Runnels said customers who would lose power due to maintenance have been notified in advance so they can prepare as much as possible.
“We notify customers through our automatic call system and we try to communicate with them as best we can to let them know this would happen,” he said. “I realize it doesn’t help much in the hot summer. I know this has been an inconvenience and we appreciate the patience of our customers. “
Planned outages are a necessary part of the work to upgrade the high voltage lines by replacing the existing copper wire with aluminum, while replacing the ties and insulators to improve Entergy’s service to customers in this area. region, Runnels said.
The Entergy website also showed additional power outages on Thursday after 4 p.m. in an area around Northampton Road, located just off US 61 South, also affecting more than 70 people.
Runnel said the outage may have been caused by a damaged power line and is unrelated to ongoing maintenance. Entergy’s website showed power was restored to the neighborhood within two hours.
Runnels said the subcontractors are nearing the end of maintenance work and are expected to be completed within the next week and a half.
“I don’t know if any other blackouts will take place during this period,” he said. “We are trying to reduce the number of breakdowns as much as possible. “