Residents describe living days without power due to Hurricane Laura

Thousands are facing their fifth day without power and frustration is growing
Thousands are facing their fourth day without power and frustration is growing.
Thousands are facing their fourth day without power and frustration is growing.(Source: KNOE)
Published: Aug. 31, 2020 at 11:34 PM CDT
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MONROE, La. (KNOE) - Thousands are facing their fifth day without power after Hurricane Laura left widespread damage across the state.

Entergy officials said more than 280,000 customer lost power statewide. Ouachita Parish was the second most affected area with more than 60,000 outages.

As of 11 a.m. Monday, 24,000 customers remain without power and frustration is growing.

“It’s been rough, very rough,” said Jimmy Frost.

Frost lives at the corner of Filhiol Avenue and 8th St. in West Monroe.

He said he lost over $200 worth of food and the heat is unbearable. Several heat advisories have been issued across Northeast Louisiana parishes since Thursday.

He said he’s never dealt with anything like this before.

“Never. Ever. I’ve never been through this,” said Frost.

Just a few blocks over on South 6th St., it’s the same story.

“People are just recovering from the tornado and tornado damages, and now we have to turn around and deal with the Hurricane clean-up,” said Melissa White.

White left town the Wednesday before Laura made landfall and returned home Sunday to find out they were still without power.

She said she’s grateful none of her loved ones were hurt and are hopeful things will return back to normal soon.

“Lights will be on hopefully Tuesday and water pressure is low to zero, so we’re just hoping for things to hurry up and turn around,” said White.

Entergy officials said they hope to have power restored across all Northeast Louisiana parishes by September 2.

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