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Entergy plans outage in Welsh for upgrade work

Posted at 12:35 PM, Mar 07, 2019
and last updated 2019-03-07 13:36:04-05

A temporary power outage is planned for the town of Welsh the night of March 9 as Entergy Louisiana performs transmission system upgrades, officials say.

The work is part of a $106 million project in Jefferson Davis Parish.

The planned outage will affect Welsh residents starting at 10 p.m. March 9 and could last up to six hours.

“The planned outage is required for crews to upgrade the equipment and transmission line that feeds the town of Welsh,” said Chip Arnould, region manager for Entergy Louisiana.

It is the first of two outages in Welsh required as part of the upgrade to the transmission system, Arnould said. A second outage will be scheduled in the weeks ahead, but Entergy Louisiana will again alert residents well in advance of that event.

“We are working closely with Entergy because we plan to perform needed maintenance on our substation during this outage so we can minimize the overall impact to our residents and business owners,” said Welsh Mayor Carolyn Louviere.

“We regret the inconvenience these outages will cause the people of Welsh, but they are a necessary component of meeting our commitment to strengthen and modernize our transmission system in southwest Louisiana,” Arnould said.

Entergy Louisiana is also coordinating its work with Jefferson Davis and Welsh public safety agencies.