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Electric line workers moved temporarily to Cajundome

Posted at 5:47 PM, Sep 22, 2020
and last updated 2020-09-22 19:31:25-04

Preparations for the aftermath of Beta are already underway in Acadiana.

About 700 electric line workers from Jeff Davis Parish temporary relocated from the Chennault Air Park in Lake Charles to the Cajundome in Lafayette on Tuesday.

The crews and trucks made the journey today for safety reasons. Base camp equipment currently being used in Lake Charles was dismantled and brought to Lafayette. They will do the process in reverse on Friday, and make the trip back home to begin restoring power to customers.

"So far its been pretty good. We have about half of the trucks here now that are going to be coming in throughout the rest of the day and about half of the crews. Everything is set up inside," explained Slemco Communications Coordinator Mary Laurent.

Crews took the day Tuesday to gather supplies and materials they may not have been able to access in Lake Charles, said Laurent. They've been working to restore power in the Jeff Davis Electric Cooperative service area, which provides power to over 10,000 residents in Jeff Davis, Calcasieu, Cameron, Allen, and Vermilion Parishes, in spots that were devastated by Laura just about a month ago.

Beta is forecast to bring locally heavy rainfall as it moves over the region through Wednesday.

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