National Lineman Appreciation Day: April 18

Yesterday, April 18, was National Lineman Appreciation Day, a day to express our utmost appreciation to the great men and women that work so hard for us every day. It’s our honor to celebrate the hard work, innovation, and dedication of Electrical Lineworkers.

The City of Natchitoches has 24 employees in it’s electric department. There are 6 lineman with helpers for each one. Lee McKinney is over the Electrical Department. Then there are four meter readers that read over 17,000 electric and water meters combined. Leslie Bayone is over the meter department. There are 2 Bulk substations that feed 5 Distribution Substations. Other members take care of programming meters and locating URD lines. Trimming all the ROW in overhead electrical lines. The electric department is also in charge of putting up the world famous Christmas lights every year.

If your power is on, you likely have a lineman to thank.

Due to the dangerous conditions power poses, safety is of utmost importance for both the lineman and the consumer.

When mother nature destroys what our linemen have built up, they are on call to build it back up again as quickly as possible. These men and women work tirelessly to get emergency systems back in working order and urgently return service to remaining areas.

Even when there is no crisis, they work under dangerous conditions on a daily basis. Whether they are working in trenches, near water or on high towers, the risks are extreme.

The City of Natchitoches is thankful to have a lineman crew that works tirelessly on a day to day basis to keep the power on and then provide extra efforts during outages.