Good morning, it’s about 4 am here, Thursday morning.¬† Yesterday we lost power about 1 pm.¬† Of course we were ready for this.¬† Gustav taught us to be ready.¬† We were ready thing, but Gustav took our power for 13 days.¬† So this time, we made sure to be ready for the long haul, making sure we would be able to cook, be safe in the dark with lights and such, and have amenities such as Internet, air conditioning, to keep us occupied.¬† But we were fortunate that Entergy got its act together.¬† We got our power back within about 8 hours.¬† And Isaac is no longer a hurricane.¬† It is still packing rain, and moving very slowly about 5 mph.¬† It arrived near Baton Rouge yesterday afternoon, but it (the eye) is still in our area.¬† It is too dark right now for me to see outside.¬† Yesterday my back yard had started growing a river, and by supper time, it looked like it might be forming a lake.¬† It didn’t even form a lake during Gustav 4 years ago, so this would be a concern.¬† We’ll have to check better for damage, but I don’t believe we lost even one shingle from the roof this time.¬† This speaks for the great handiwork of our roofing crew that replaced our roof during Gustav.
Now to be fair, I don’t want you to think that I’m some unreasonable, stressed out maniac who is impatient with Entergy.¬† In the time of Gustav, there were LOTS of trees down, including 5 in my backyard.¬† These took out power all over town, and southeastern Louisiana.¬† Everywhere you looked, trees and branches/limbs on everything.¬† We knew power restoration would take a long time.¬† Our neighbors across the street from us got their power back within 2 days.¬† Our side of the street took 13– because we were forgotten!¬† That was THE word from the foreman that showed up on the 12th day with his crew.¬† Up until then¬† we had not seen one Entergy truck in our neighborhood.¬† AT&T came twice to try to fix their phone lines, and we saw COX cable a few times, but they couldn’t do anything until the power was restored.¬† AT&T and COX, and a passing fire truck, made reports to Entergy for us, but we were forgotten!¬† Finally they showed up on the 12th day, a Friday, about 3 pm.¬† And here’s a picture of them:
In the first picture you see part of the crew standing around our back fences.¬† The second picture is some of the crew around our side fence where one of their poles had fallen in the next yard.¬† You don’t see them doing much of anything, because they didn’t!¬† Basically for an hour they just stood around.¬† In the second picture, the guy in the yellow vest is the foreman that told us we had been forgotten and apologized.¬† We could accept the being forgotten.¬† There were alot of trees down, and much work for them to do.¬† But then he told us:¬† We’re sorry but it’s going to be one more day.¬† It’s too late in the day to be climbing poles.
Too late!¬† It was only about 4 pm.¬† Maybe they couldn’t climb poles, but they could start clearing the debris.¬† We had started the clearing for them.¬† We had already hired tree cutters to cut our 5 trees and move the parts to the front.¬† They just were not allowed to touch the parts of the branches that had wires tangled in them, which was outside my fence anyway, in Entergy’s right-of-way.¬† So Entergy could have started cutting out their wires and removing that debris to prepare for “tomorrow”, but they didn’t.¬† They just left.
And I have you know that about 7 pm the same night our across-the-street neighbors lost power again because a branch fell across their lines.¬† And SOMEONE climbed the pole at 7 pm to flip the transformer BACK ON!
So this is why we have a grudge against the LAZY workers of Entergy.¬† Maybe these people don’t work for them anymore.¬† But that’s what we experienced during Gustav.
On Saturday morning, they didn’t even return.¬† Instead they sent some visiting company from out-of-state to do all the work.¬† It was this company that restored our power –Sumter Utilities.¬† I believe this group said they were from Tennessee.¬† Here’s a pic of their crew working.¬† I don’t have a pic of them standing around, because they didn’t
So, we are very thankful to Sumter Utilities for coming into Louisiana to help during Gustav!
Now, this year during Isaac, Entergy got us our power back within 8 hours, which means that it wasn’t a big mess like Gustav that took down our power.¬† We’re thankful to Entergy for doing it, just wish they weren’t afraid of the hard stuff.
4 years ago, we didn’t have access to the Internet while our power was down.¬† But now we do.¬† We bought a mobile Internet device for camping, and it came in really handy while the power was out.¬† That was how I was able to post updates, and let my friends know I was ok.