Jefferson Parish President John Young had harsh words for Entergy over the utility company's response to the power outages caused by Hurricane Isaac.
At an evening press conference, surrounded by members of the Jefferson Parish Council, Young said that he had heard from numerous angry residents that "There are more Entergy trucks in parking lots than out on the streets."
Speaking to WWL First news, Young said, "I'm comparing the failure of Entergy to perform to the failure of the Army Corps (of Engineers) during Katrina."
The Parish President used the word "unacceptable" several times in describing the work so far by Entergy to restore power to Jefferson parish
Young said that Entergy's "snail's pace" in dealing with power outages is impacting the parish's infrastructure and safety response capability.
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Entergy Louisiana CEO Bill Mohl spoke to WWL First News following Young's comments, and said that Entergy crews are doing everything they can to get the power restored for area residents.
"We understand the frustration of our customers and elected officials," Mohl said. "We realize many of our customers have been without power for a number of days"
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Mohl said that despite Young's criticism, Entergy pre-planned and staged workers well in advance of the storm.
"We hope our customers understand that safety trumps speed," Mohl said.