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Advocate: Man rescued after gas line explodes at Entergy’s Michoud plant

The Michoud Entergy power plant is near Village de L’Est in New Orleans.
The Michoud Entergy power plant is near Village de L’Est in New Orleans. Advocate staff photo

WDSU-TV is reporting that the person trapped at the Entergy plant at the Michoud facility has been rescued by a New Orleans Fire Department crew.

The station tweeted photos of him being taken to a hospital in a helicopter.

The person was reportedly trapped in a 20-foot hole after a gas line exploded at the plant.

Firefighters responded to a one-alarm blaze at the plant at 1:13 p.m. Thursday and said just after 2 p.m. that a person was trapped. It was unclear what work was being done at the time of the accident.

In June, the company applied to the New Orleans City Council to build a natural gas-burning plant at the site of its 1960s-era Michoud power plant. Entergy deactivated two aging Michoud units this month, a decision driven largely by the equipment’s rising maintenance costs. Keeping the less-efficient units operating would have cost nearly as much as building the new plant, the company said.

The new plant would be 226-megawatts. One megawatt is enough electricity to power 1,000 homes.

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