Monday, July 15, 2019

Entergy Louisiana crews restore power to most areas after Hurricane Barry - Daily Energy Insider

Entergy Louisiana crews restore power to most areas after Hurricane Barry - Daily Energy Insider


Entergy Louisiana crews restore power to most areas after Hurricane Barry - Daily Energy Insider

Posted: 15 Jul 2019 09:54 AM PDT

Published on July 15, 2019 by Dave Kovaleski

Entergy Louisiana is making progress with its power restoration efforts after Hurricane Barry knocked out power to at least 250,000 residents in southern Louisiana.

Credit: Entergy Louisiana

Entergy Louisiana crews have been out working to restore power after the Category 1 storm dropped some 7 inches of rain in some areas and caused flooding. As of Sunday night, power was restored for about 235,000 customers and outages remained for about 27,000 customers, most of them in the Baton Rouge area. A line of additional severe storms, including tornados, have caused additional damage and made restoration more challenging, the company said.

According to the Edison Electric Institute, impacted electric companies report that they already have restored power to more than 265,000 customers since the storm began. As of 11:00 a.m. EDT on July 15, approximately 48,000 customers were without power in the wake of Barry, added EEI, which represents all U.S. investor-owned electric companies.

In Louisiana, the biggest challenges have been in the Bayou Region, which includes Assumption, Lafourche, St. Mary and Terrebonne parishes. The challenges stem from inaccessible roadways due to high water and high winds that initially had kept Entergy crews from using bucket trucks. Power in Grand Isle and nearly all of Port Fourchon, which had been inaccessible due to flooding, has been turned back on.

Efforts continued Sunday night into Monday as workers assess damage using drones, where possible, and restoring service.

"The crews are making great progress. We've restored a large number of customers already," Phillip May, president and CEO of Entergy Louisiana, said in a storm update on Sunday.

"We continue restoring service, where it is safe to do so, after Barry," Entergy Louisiana said on Twitter Sunday night. "Another line of severe weather, including tornadoes, moved through south Louisiana today, causing additional damage and slowing restoration in the hardest-hit areas."

In the Greater Baton Rouge area, most of the damage from the storm is in the rear of residential lots. When restoration efforts require work to be done in backyard areas, it usually takes more time due to the challenge of accessing those areas with equipment and working on ground that is softened by excessive rain. As service is restored in other parts of the state, Entergy will reassign crews to areas still without power.

Electric companies will continue their storm restoration efforts until all power is restored, but the process could be lengthy in some areas. Power restoration is a detailed process, Edison Electric Institute explained.

"In hard-hit areas, estimated restoration times will be determined after field crews first complete damage assessments. Flooding creates a unique and dangerous restoration environment. The first step of storm restoration is damage assessment, and safety is the top priority. Flooding can create access issues and make it more difficult to safely make repairs, which may result in longer than usual power restoration times," EEI stated in a storm restoration update.

EEI, through its member companies, urges customers to immediately report sagging or downed power lines in their area. They also remind residents never to use a generator inside a home, garage, crawl space, any other enclosed area. Further, never drive, walk, or swim through flood water, and don't go around barricades.

Sam Simon of ServiceMaster Restoration By Simons Accepted Into HACIA's 2019 Contractor Training Program - MENAFN.COM

Posted: 14 Jul 2019 07:15 PM PDT

(MENAFN - Newswire.com LLC) CHICAGO,
July 14, 2019(Newswire.com) -
 Sam Simon, managing director ofServiceMaster Restoration By Simons(RBS), a disaster restoration and specialty cleaning franchise servicing Chicago, North Shore and Oak Park, has been accepted into the Hispanic American Construction Industry Association's (HACIA) 2019 summer Cohort Contractor Training Program. The program is a rigorous six-month-long program intended for construction companies that have been in business for at least three years with over $500,000 in revenue looking to grow and scale. More specifically, the Contractor Training Program is geared toward business owners and top leadership that seek to master the skills needed to run a successful construction business.

As the managing director for ServiceMaster Restoration By Simons, Sam Simon has earned the highly coveted title of Master Restorer. Sam oversees the technician teams, all restoration project management, construction and sub-contractors. Sam has over 10 years of experience in the restoration industry and is a certified Master Restorer in water damage clean-up and restoration, fire and smoke damage restoration, mold remediation, carpet and upholstery restoration, health services, advanced drying and odor mitigation by theIICRC .

Completing the HACIA Contractor Training Program will arm Sam with the technical tools and necessary know-how needed to manage and complete construction projects successfully in the Chicago metro area.

'ServiceMaster Restoration By Simons is naturally involved in a level of construction work through emergency restoration water and fire damage projects; our participation and commitment to the HACIA Contractor Training Program is a great fit as we plan the future growth and success of the company,' said Nasutsa Mabwa, president.

The HACIA Contractor Training Program focuses on valuable instruction in the areas of contract management, project management, estimating & bidding, blueprint reading and more that is necessary to compete in construction. The training is designed with a hands-on approach to teach the best practices within the construction industry.

About ServiceMaster Restoration By Simons:

ServiceMaster Restoration By Simons is an MBE/WBE certified firm, women owner and family-run company serving Chicago, Oak Park, River Forest and the North Shore. ServiceMaster Restoration By Simons provides disaster restoration services including Water & Flood Damage Restoration, Fire & Smoke Damage Restoration, Mold Remediation and a wide range of interior specialty cleaning including Hoarder & Clutter Cleaning, Post-Construction Cleaning, Carpet Cleaning and Upholstery Cleaning to residential and commercial customers residing in Chicago, Oak Park-River Forest and the North Shore. For more information, give us a call at 773-376-1110 or visitservicemasterbysimons.com .

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