On the coldest morning of the winter to date, a power outage in the 7th Ward has left nearly 3,000 Entergy customers in that neighborhood, in Treme and in the Faubourg Marigny without power, according to the utility.
Most of the power has been restored, according to Entergy, with only about 200 still without electricity. Those residents should have power again shortly.
The outage, which began just before 9 a.m. Thursday, was caused by a downed power line, according to Entergy. At 9:45 a.m., the utility was reporting that crews were on the way and that power would be restored “as soon as possible.” Entergy estimated the power would be back on by 12:30 p.m.
McDonogh 35 High School was forced to cancel classes because of the outage, according to WWL-TV. Eleanor McMain High School, on South Claiborne Avenue in Uptown, also closed for the day because of a much smaller power outage in that part of town, according to Entergy.
There are a handful of other outages across the metro area, but most affect only a small number of customers, according to Entergy. The largest of them, in St. Bernard Parish, affects 101 households, the utility said.