29,554 homes and businesses still without power

Entergy substation near Interstate 10 and Interstate 12 (Photo provided by Entergy Louisiana)

The Louisiana Public Service Commission reported 29,554 storm-related power outages in 13 parishes as of mid-afternoon Tuesday.

East Baton Rouge Parish has the most customers without power – 13,245 in total. But that accounts for only 6 percent of all meters in the parish.

Ascension Parish has the highest percentage of homes and businesses without power – 15 percent of all customers in the largely suburban community south of Baton Rouge. The next highest outages is Livingston Parish, the suburb to the east, with outages impacting 12 percent of users.

The utility companies that sell electricity to homes and businesses have been working to restore power in areas without significant water damage. But company officials warn that they will be unable to start work in some neighborhoods until the water recedes.

And for structures that received more than couple feet of water inside, electricians will have to be hired by the customers to inspect and repair damages before the utilities can turn on the power again.

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