NASHVILLE, Tenn. (Sept. 9, 2020) – Seventy-nine lineworkers from across Tennessee are traveling to Louisiana today to assist with recovery and reconstruction following Hurricane Laura, a powerful Category 4 storm that struck the Gulf Coast on Aug. 27. These workers will replace workers from two Tennessee co-ops who have been in Louisiana since shortly after the storm hit.
“The current recovery is going to be long,” said Jeffrey Arnold, CEO of the Association of Louisiana Electric Cooperatives. “We cannot give co-op members an estimate of time other than ‘weeks’ at this moment because of the number of transmission poles and towers that are down and the time and effort it will take to rebuild the power grid.”
Returning home are 18 lineworkers from Plateau Electric Cooperative and Southwest Tennessee Electric Membership Corporation who have been assisting Jeff Davis Electric Cooperative in Jennings, Louisiana.
Traveling to assist Jeff David Electric Cooperative in Jennings, Louisiana, are:
- 10 lineworkers from Southwest Tennessee Electric Membership Corporation in Brownsville
Assisting Beauregard Electric Cooperative in DeRidder, Louisiana, are:
- 11 lineworkers from Cumberland Electric Membership Corporation in Clarksville
- Five lineworkers from Duck River Electric Membership Corporation in Shelbyville
- 10 lineworkers from Holston Electric Cooperative in Rogersville
- Five lineworkers from Meriwether Lewis Electric Cooperative in Centerville
- 21 lineworkers from Middle Tennessee Electric Membership Corporation in Murfreesboro
- Six lineworkers from Mountain Electric Cooperative in Mountain City
- 10 lineworkers from Sequachee Valley Electric Cooperative in South Pittsburg
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (Aug. 31, 2020) – Eighteen lineworkers from two Tennessee electric cooperatives are in Louisiana to assist with Hurricane Laura recovery efforts. The powerful hurricane left massive amounts of destruction after it made landfall last week.
“Our crews have a reputation for responding quickly, working safely and showing compassion to those who are in need,” says David Callis, executive vice president and general manager of the Tennessee Electric Cooperative Associaiton. “We commend their desire to serve and wish them well in the days to come.”
Crews will be assisting Jeff Davis Electric Cooperative in Jennings, La. Following the storm, JDEC reported that 100 percent of the co-op’s 11,000 meters were without power and more than 1,000 poles had been broken. Tennessee crews are expected to be in Louisiana for seven to 10 days before being replaced with additional Tennessee crews.
“Hurricane Laura left catastrophic damage in its wake,” said Mike Heinen of JDEC. “In response, we’ve launched a massive storm recovery and power restoration effort, assisted by hundreds of personnel from other states. Even so, a full recovery could be weeks away.”
Please keep the people of coastal Louisiana, as well as our volunteer lineworkers and their families, in your thoughts and prayers in the days ahead.
Below is a list of Tennessee co-ops providing assistance. This information is likely to change as crews are replaced in the coming weeks.
- Plateau Electric Cooperative in Onieda, Tenn. – eight lineworkers
- Southwest Tennessee Electric Membership Corporation in Brownsville, Tenn. – 10 lineworkers