Washington-St. Tammany Electric Cooperative Launches Massive Power Restoration Effort in the Wake of Hurricane Ida
Tuesday, August 31, 2021
Washington-St. Tammany Electric Cooperative (WSTE) has launched a major power restoration effort to begin rebuilding its system, which sustained heavy damage from Hurricane Ida.
As of noon today, 43,191 consumer-members are without power. WSTE will work as quickly and safely as possible to bring members back online. Full power restoration is expected to take weeks to complete.
“We have assembled a force of 340 line workers and contractors from across the nation to support what will be the second largest power restoration efforts in our history,” said Charles Hill, CEO. “As we begin this historic rebuilding process, a systematic approach designed to get the most assets and members back up in the least amount of time is used. We thank our members for their continued patience.”
Although a full damage assessment is still underway, WSTE estimates that Hurricane Ida snapped 350 poles and damaged or brought down more than 5,100 miles of line. Crews are having to cut their way through fallen trees and remove other debris to reach their substations and infrastructure. Some of the most severely affected communities include Savanah Branch, Goodbee, Barkers Corner and Husser. Restoration times could be particularly prolonged in these areas.
Contractors and crews began arriving yesterday to support WSTE from New York, West Virginia, Pennsylvania, Kentucky, Missouri, Texas and Mississippi. Co-op mutual aid crews have been secured from electric cooperatives from Texas, including CoServ, … Read the rest