According to the Entergy website on September 7th all of the 9,014 customers in Jackson Parish have their power restored. Additional North Louisiana customers who could safely receive service power were expected to be back on line by this weekend. Hurricane Laura knocked out power to approximately 130,000 in the region.
The storm did tremendous damage to the transmission and distribution infrastructure across the state. Damages to Entergy’s distribution system in North Louisiana alone totaled approximately:
- 1,340 poles
- 3,070 spans of wire
- 290 transformers
- 1,540 cross-arms
Crews worked through challenging and oftentimes heavily wooded terrain to make repairs or rebuild the electric system. In some locations, especially in Winn Parish, crews had to use special off-road equipment to reach damaged infrastructure and make repairs.
Jimmie Davis State Park reopened September 4th
Hurricane Laura caused significant damage to large portions of the state, but most Louisiana State Parks, including the Jimmie Davis State Park on Caney Lake was open in time for Labor Day weekend, thanks to the tireless efforts of their staff.
“Many of our State Parks lost power, large trees were downed over powerlines, but great efforts were made to keep campers safe and clear the debris in time for Labor Day weekend,” said Lieutenant Governor Billy Nungesser. “If ever there was a time for us to gather with our families and show the world we are Louisiana Strong, this is it..
Some overnight accommodations at Lake Chicot and Lake D’Arbonne State Parks are not available because they are housing crews restoring power or clearing the surrounding areas. RV spots are available in all open state parks. The central reservations vendor, Reserve America, is working to reschedule or refund all affected campsite and cabin reservations. People can call 877-2226-7652 for help with rescheduling.
Louisiana State Parks Now Open
Jimmie Davis State Park, Chatham, LA
Bayou Segnette State Park, Westwego, LA
Bogue Chitto State Park, Franklinton, LA
Chemin-A-Haut State Park, Bastrop, LA
Fairview State Park, Madisonville, LA
Lake Bruin State Park, St. Joseph, LA
Poverty Point Reservoir State Park, Delhi, LA
St. Bernard State Park, Braithewaite, LA
Tickfaw State Park, Springfield, LA
Cypremort State Park, Cypremort, LA
Grand Isle State Park, Grand Isle, LA
Lake Bistineau State Park, Doyline, LA
Lake Claiborne State Park, Homer, LA
Palmetto Island State Park, Abbeville, LA
Closed until further notice
Chicot State Park, Ville Platte, LA
Lake D’Arbonne State Park, Farmerville, LA
Lake Fausse Point State Park, St. Martinville, LA
North Toledo Bend, Zwolle, LA
South Toledo Bend, Anacoco, LA
Sam Houston State Park, Lake Charles, LA