9/8/05 -- New Orleans, LA -- Near City Park -- The company contracted by Entergy - New Orleans (cq) to clear tree debris from critical power lines is Nelson Tree, an operation out of Ohio. The house roof in the background reads "HELP." Chris Potter, of Nelson Tree, said the difference between dealing with the Katrina aftermath and the aftermath of other bad storms is the flood water. "The tree damage is pretty much the same as we saw in Miami, but the water is a different obstacle. There is water everywhere." The first objective of electrical infrastructure reconstruction, says Entergy Line Supervisor John Kingston, is to supply immediate and continuous power to the pumps that are working to rid New Orleans of flood water from Hurricane Katrina. Entergy and FEMA are working to reconnect the power grid from Jefferson Parish, which is functional, to the surviving and repaired portions of the New Orleans grid. The focus is to supply the pumps and essential industry and then to focus on residential supply once the flood water has been drained. On Thursday, an Ohio tree-trimming company (Nelson Tree) contracted by Entergy took an airboat to one of the vicinity of City Park, which was one of the areas hardest hit by flooding, in order to clear power lines of tree debris. Boston Globe Photo - reproduction requires explicit written permission from the Boston Globe.
From Chasing Katrina