Washington-St. Tammany Electric Cooperative (WSTE) is one of several utilities in Louisiana that have launched major power restoration efforts following Hurricane Ida’s devastating impact. A line crew from Covington Electric Cooperative left this morning heading to WSTE to join more than 300 lineman coming together to assist that co-op with the second largest power restoration effort in their history.
WSTE estimates that Hurricane Ida snapped 350 poles and brought down more than 5,100 miles of line. As of noon yesterday, the co-op had 43,191 members without power. Full restoration is expected to take weeks to complete. Crews are having to cut their way through fallen trees and other debris just to reach their substations and other infrastructure.
Safety is the top priority and it’s critical that everyone stay focused on the task at hand. There are many areas in the WSTE service area that are not accessible with a bucket truck and these areas are known habitats for snakes and alligators. The conditions are hot, humid and dangerous, but “neighbors helping neighbors” is the co-op way and the power of this long-standing commitment is never more apparent than during the aftermath of a natural disaster.