BATON ROUGE, La (BRPROUD) – DEMCO CEO Randy Pierce released a statement on Hurricane Ida outages and restoration efforts.
Pierce said that estimated times of restorations won’t be announced until all transmission infrastructure is fixed, which could take up to a week to accomplish.
Hurricane Ida hit the bayou parishes first, the aftermath in Livingston, St. Helena and Tangipahoa is devastating. Debris in those parishes are creating obstacles for linemen to make progress and special equipment is required.
“Outages in Pine Grove and Montpelier are estimated at 2-3 weeks,” Pierce said. “Outages in the Tangipahoa area are estimated at 3-4 weeks.”
“Over the last few days, we have deployed hundreds of crews and equipment throughout our seven-parish service area,” Pierce said. “While we have significant damage to our transmission infrastructure – the system that provides power to our substations – we are using power switching technology to pull and share power around the entire system.”
We thank you in advance for your patience as we work to make repairs and restore power safely to all members,” Pierce said. “All district offices will remain closed until further notice.”
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