Planned outage will affect 20 downtown Entergy customers

A planned Sunday electrical power outage in portions of downtown Pine Bluff will affect only 20 customers, Entergy Regional Customer Service Representative Diane Tatum said Friday afternoon.

Tatum said the outage — to begin around 8 a.m. — will include the areas of 100 and 200 blocks of South Main Street, the 200 block of State Street, and nearby Fourth and Fifth avenues. Restoration is scheduled by 5 p.m.

The outage is necessary to complete major upgrades that should help avert future service disruptions, Tatum said, adding that affected customers were advised of the matter Friday morning.

“We always try to plan for the least impact on our business customers when we have an event like this,” she said, saying that safety is stressed in any such endeavor. Sunday’s procedures will include changing switch gears and transformers, and splicing lines.

“We’ll have a minimum of a four-man crew working,” she said.

Although no traffic problems are anticipated, Tatum said safety cones will be in place and a roadblock could occur if it’s deemed necessary.

Although the outage is planned nearby, electricity will not be disturbed at the Jefferson County Courthouse, Metropolitan Emergency Communications Association (MECA), Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office, W.R. “Dub” Brassell Adult Detention Center, Jack Jones Juvenile Justice Center, Pine Bluff Police Department or Pine Bluff Fire Department, Tatum said.