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I-10 back open after crews finish work on downed power lines

Posted at 9:05 AM, Jun 10, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-10 23:05:12-04

UPDATE: State Police say that all lanes of I-10 are now open. Crews have completed the work on the downed power lines.

Entergy says that power has now been restored to those affected.

Today's outage is the latest in a series of problems that have hampered business in the town.

Business owners say construction of the roundabouts near I-10 and the flooding that happened during that construction drove customers away.

Henderson Levee Road also remains closed three years after part of the road collapsed. According to Mayor Sherbin Collette, DOTD told him there still isn't any funding to fix the road.

Trails Yamaha, located off Henderson Highway, is among the businesses that have been affected by all recent setbacks.

"[I] can't understand how... it's always 'call before you dig'... how somebody can knock out a line and take the power away from 1400-1500 people this morning," said Trails Yamaha owner Tye Trail.

The staff at the motor store and service center say they can't exactly operate a business without power.

"[We] look up parts and everything, and for customers coming in with credit cards and stuff, [we] definitely couldn't do that," said employee Dylan Angelette.

The power outage comes as businesses begin to reopen amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

"We had to stay out of work for a few days because of the unknown," said Trail. "I wasn't going to put my people in harm's way."

Trail says his business has been here for 32 years and will continue to thrive despite the many setbacks.

"Keep a positive attitude. Now is not the time to show weakness," said Trail. "Gotta stay strong and get out here and do it."

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A downed power line has closed I-10 in both directions between milepost 114 and 115 (near Henderson)

The closure began at 10:30 am and is anticipated to last at least an hour and a half.

Traffic will be rerouted to US 190 via LA 415 on the westbound and to US 190 via I-49 on the eastbound.

Entergy says that the Town of Henderson is experiencing a major power outage Wednesday morning.

The outage, according to an Entergy spokesperson, was caused when crews doing road work in the area cut a power line.

Around 1,500 people are affected.

Residents can expect power to remain out for about two hours.

To see the areas affected by the outage, click here.

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