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Jeff Davis electrical crews moving to Cajundome ahead of Tropical Storm Beta

Posted at 4:01 PM, Sep 21, 2020

In anticipation of possible flooding and wind effects from Tropical Storm Beta, some 700 electric line workers restoring power in the Jeff-Davis Electric Cooperative service area will be temporarily moving from Chennault Air Park in Lake Charles to the Lafayette Cajundome.

Oficials say move will begin Tuesday morning as convoys of crews, trucks and equipment will make the hour-long drive eastward - further away from Tropical Storm Beta.

"As unbelievable as it sounds, we will be relocating line workers and their equipment to Lafayette for a couple of days," explained Jeff-Davis Electric General Manager Mike Heinen. "The safety of all workers restoring power for our members is our top priority. While Tropical Storm Beta is not expected to be a major wind event, floodwaters are already rising. We cannot risk crew safety or the safety of the specialized equipment they use to restore power. We have to keep them safe."

Base camp equipment currently being used at Chennault Air Park will be dismantled and transported to Lafayette for the crews to use while they are in the Hub City. They say on Friday morning the process will begin again, in reverse, so line workers can hit the ground running when they return to Lake Charles.

Crews are still working hard to restore power to Jeff-Davis customers in areas devastated by Hurricane Laura nearly a month ago.

Jeff-Davis Electric Cooperative provides electric power to over 10,000 members in Jefferson Davis, Cameron, Calcasieu, Allen and Vermilion Parishes

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