Pea River Continues to Help in Louisiana
Pea River Electric Crews continue to help with power restoration at Beauregard Electric Cooperative in DeRidder, LA following Hurricane Laura. Progress is slow but being made daily. The cooperative's entire system was down following the hurricane, including a large majority of the transmission lines the feed the co-op's system. Currently, five of their 22 substations are up and running. Temporary transmission lines are being built that will energize several other substations.
A large majority of the lights that are on have been through contributions from Alabama electric cooperatives that have sent crews to help. They have approximatey 1,000 men working on the system and the Alabama crews are all working in one parish.
Pea River is in the process of swapping out a crew that has been in Louisiana for over a week now. A nine-man crew is returning home sometime this afternoon and will be replaced by an eight-man crew that will pick up where they left off. Returning home are Patrick Barefield, Ricky Grantham, Will Bush, Seth Ivey, Terry Jackson, Dylan DeLoney, Justin Braddy, Bradley Peavy and Josh German. We appreciate these men and their willingness to go and help a sister cooperative.
An eight-man Pea River crew left at 5 a.m. on Labor Day morning headed to Beauregard Electric. They are Rustin Clark, Greg Chancey, John Szpek, Josh Coker, Brandon Pilot, Ricky Wolfe, Kole Casey and Daniel Caraway. Three men from the previous crew will remain in Louisiana to help. They are Norman Shlam, Steven Baxley and Hank Walker.
We continue to pray for all the line crews as well as the people of Louisiana as recovery efforts continue.