April 15: Monroe officials address tornado aftermath
Officials with the City of Monroe held a press conference addressing the latest after the Easter tornadoes.
An estimated 2,300 customers in the Monroe area are still without power, according to the mayor. Entergy is working to get power restored as soon as possible, but they've had to repair some of their own equipment that was damaged in the storm.
Officials say Monroe Public Works employees are working 10 hours shifts to assist in debris removal. Crews removed over 100 tons of debris from behind Powell Avenue in the Booker T Community. The mayor says 45 tons of debris has been removed from the areas of South 5th and 7th Streets.
The National Guard has been mobilized and will help with debris removal. They are expected to be in Monroe on Thursday.
Trash (debris) collection is running two days behind, due to debris removal. Officials expect it to be back on schedule in about 2-3 weeks. Garbage (waste/refuse) collection is on schedule.
Three sewer lift stations remain without power at Booker Street, Hickory Street, and Pargoud Drive. The Hawes Street storm water station is running off of a diesel generator until commercial power is restored. The Plum Street underpass is without power, but the Plum Street pump station running on a generator. The Calypso Street storm water station now has commercial power, as do the sewer pump stations at Hadley, Texas, and Standifer.
If you suffered any damage from the tornado on April 12, 2020, due to the April 12th tornado, you are asked to self-report your damages by