Dry Weather Causes Saltwater Contamination to Beach-area Power Line; Entergy Texas Taking Action to Remove Contamination, Prevent Outages

Gilchrist, Texas – Lack of rainfall in recent months has allowed saltwater spray from the Gulf of Mexico to leave contaminants on a 9.5-mile stretch of power line serving 300 customers in Gilchrist. As soon as Entergy Texas, Inc. employees recognized the contamination as responsible for recent power outages, a plan of action was put in place to remove contamination and examine equipment to determine what may need to be replaced. “Mother Nature normally gives Southeast Texas plenty of cleansing rain that takes care of any saltwater deposits on our equipment,” explained Ron Fletcher, customer service representative for the Gilchrist area. “This year, we’re giving Mother Nature a helping hand and removing the contamination ourselves.” Equipment has already been brought in and the power line washed down. Additionally, workers checked equipment on the line and found some insulators that needed to be replaced. Beginning Monday, May 19, more action will be taken with a close examination of the line from Rollover to Fourth Street. Workers will be prepared to determine if any other equipment may also need to be replaced. “Doing everything we can to prevent outages is as important to us as being ready to restore power safely and quickly should an outage occur,” Fletcher said. “We will continue to monitor the power lines in Gilchrist and other beach areas so we can move in and take preventive action as soon as possible.” Entergy Texas, Inc. delivers electricity to more than 420,000 customers in 27 counties. It is a subsidiary of Entergy Corporation. Entergy is an integrated energy company engaged primarily in electric power production and retail distribution operations. Entergy owns and operates power plants with approximately 30,000 megawatts of electric generating capacity, including more than 10,000 megawatts of nuclear power, making it one of the nation’s leading nuclear generators. Entergy delivers electricity to 2.8 million utility customers in Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas.