Entergy asks to let lineman do their job, prepare your house for power
As over one million people across the south wake up with severe storm damage and no power, linemen are getting busy to restore electricity to everyone as soon as possible.
Entergy Arkansas has a few requests of their customers as the work to safely restore power to the area as quickly as possible.
“Customers should refrain from approaching utility workers, especially during the public health emergency caused by COVID-19. Interruptions will slow workers’ progress under normal conditions, but the health and safety of both Entergy Arkansas employees and customers can be put in jeopardy with close contact,” said company stated.
For customers who lose power, there are several things they should do to ensure their structures are ready to be re-connected to the grid.
- Check outside and around structures for damage to electrical equipment.
- If the meter or any of the conduit and wires on the outside wall are missing or look damaged, call an electrician to make repairs.
- If the home or business has been flooded, customers will need to contact the appropriate city or county for an electrical inspection before service can be restored.
- Entergy Storm Center has information on how to spot damages.
Safety is of utmost importance.
- There is no way to know if a downed line is energized. Stay away and call 1-800-9OUTAGE (800-968-8243).
- Stay away from standing water and debris from trees and other vegetation. It may be electrically charged from underground or downed power lines.
- If you’re using a generator wired to your home, an electrician needs to connect it to prevent damage to your electrical system or injury to our linemen.