City Utility workers are isolating downed power lines and poles so they can be ready to reenergize when it’s electricity provider CLECO comes back online. So far 50% of the City’s main circuits have been prepared and are ready to be energized, but everything is dead in the water until CLECO’s generation plant comes back online.
There are 41 transmission lines down in CLECO’s system, which can each be a hundred miles long. They’re working on the problem but the City has received no estimated time of when power will be restored. City crews have over 50 broken poles. They’re contracting with a crew out of Oklahoma called Mid-Con Energy Partners. Twenty-two men were sent with 9 big trucks. They’re currently working on Hwy. 1 South where 31 poles were snapped, in a row. Electric Department Supervisor Lee McKinney said crews are working 16 hour days to do everything they can to restore power to residents as soon as possible.
SWEPCO is also having issues supplying power, so there’s no supply going to the main sewer plant on Red River. As of 6 am on Aug. 27 there were 10,000 customers out in Natchitoches Parish and counting.