SWEPCO leaders, the Louisiana National Guard and Louisiana Public Service Commissioner Foster Campbell met with local leaders, community members, and Department Supervisors. Some of these included Natchitoches Parish Sheriff Stuart Wright, Northwestern State University President Dr. Chris Maggio, Natchitoches Mayor Ronnie Williams Jr., and District 31 State Senator Louie Bernard.
Mutual assistance between power companies like AEP, SWEPCO, and Entergy has been instrumental in the recovery efforts following Hurricane Laura’s path of destruction through Louisiana. It also took cooperation with the Parish and City governments and NSU, who housed hundreds of linemen on its campus. Officials held four discussions about transmissions, distribution, communications, and external affairs.
“I pray that we don’t ever have another tragedy like this one,” said Campbell. “Thank God they [SWEPCO] bought Valley Electric, a great little rural electric co-op formed in the 40s. They got where they were broke. They didn’t have any money. Had this [Hurricane Laura] happened during Valley Electric it would have been a lot worse… SWEPCO is a strong national company with a lot of resources. I hate the storm but I’m glad SWEPCO owned Valley Electric territory when this storm happened.”