LSMSA Provides Housing for Disaster Relief Workers

Nearly 200 SWEPCO employees stay in LSMSA dorm while restoring parish electricity

The Louisiana School for Math, Science, and the Arts (LSMSA) is providing temporary housing for nearly 200 Southwestern Electric Power Company (SWEPCO) lineworkers from across the nation who are helping restore electricity to Natchitoches Parish following Hurricane Laura. At the peak of the storm Thursday, 136,000 Louisiana, Texas and Arkansas residents were without power.

“We’re so grateful to these workers for putting themselves in dangerous situations so we can have cold air conditioning and hot coffee,” said LSMSA Executive Director Dr. Steve Horton. “Offering a place for them to get a good night’s sleep while they’re away from their families is the least we can do to help.”

Longtime LSMSA employee Henry Llorence quickly handled logistics for LSMSA’s Caddo dormitory to accommodate workers, and SWEPCO is providing food, laundry and cleaning during their stay as well as sanitation services for the dorm.

Photo: SWEPCO sets up food stations outside of LSMSA’s dorm as workers restore electricity to Natchitoches Parish.