East Central Electric Cooperative sends crews to assist Louisiana in the aftermath of Hurricane Ida
After more than two weeks, crews from Oklahoma’s electric cooperatives continue to be on the field in Louisiana assisting with storm restoration efforts in the aftermath of Hurricane Ida.
Several East Central Electric Linemen took up the call. The initial crew, made up of linemen Tyler London, Gary Baker, Stacy Bourne, Lael LeBlanc, Trevor Cheatwood and Jody Gilroy, left Oklahoma on August 31. On September 13, a rotation crew including co-op employees Mike Muller, Rodney Nixon, Pat Livesay, Jason Childress, Terry Casey, Quinn Rogers, and Jerome Roberts took their place.
Across the state, a total of 82 co-op lineworkers have been involved in the process of providing mutual aid assistance to sister cooperative DEMCO based in the East Baton Rouge parish. Oklahoma co-op lineworkers are part of a massive restoration effort alongside crews from 32 states and the District of Columbia.
DEMCO is the largest electric cooperative in Louisiana serving more than 113,000 members; its service area is comprised of 8,887 miles of line.
“Safety is our number one priority. We ask for prayers over all crews and essential workers as they perform their duties so everyone can return home to their loved ones safe and sound,” Randy Pierce, CEO and general manager of DEMCO, said in a statement.
As of Monday, Sept. 13, DEMCO reports 9,061 outages remain from a peak of more than 85,000 outages when Hurricane Ida hit. The outages that remain are in an area of extensive damage.
East Central General Manager Tim Smith said, “We are proud to have employees who embody our Cooperative Principles, like Cooperation Among Cooperatives and Concern for Community.”
If you would like to show support for the linemen who participated in this effort, feel free to mail a letter to the cooperative marked ATTN: MR/PR or submit your message online at: https://bit.ly/3n8MrQW.