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Power restoration underway with crews from across the country

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Posted at 10:22 PM, Jul 15, 2019
and last updated 2019-07-15 23:22:40-04

JEANERETTE - As of Monday night, about 7,000 people are without power after Hurricane Barry. Some of the hardest hit areas were Iberia and St. Mary Parishes, where crews from around Acadiana and across the country have been working to restore power.

Mississippi, Texas and Oklahoma are just a few places crews came from to assist in Louisiana after the storm.

Mike Buck, who is the President of Titan Powerline brought his crews from Oklahoma.

"We are based out of Duncan Oklahoma. We have two crews out here to help with storm restoration. We are down here working with Cleco and the guys you see behind me are changing out a transformer," Buck said,

The Oklahoma crew has been in Louisiana since Friday, working 10am to 6pm helping to clear downed power lines and make repairs.

"We've been dealing with a lot of rain, wind and high water. It's been chaotic but its going pretty good," Buck said.

Not only are crews working to restore power in homes, places like the Patout Sugarmill had all of their power lines knocked down from the storm as well.

Cleco Project Coordinator, Elrdige Little, says he is thankful for all of the help from across the country.

"It makes things a lot faster, a lot faster. We have a certain about a people that we can only do it with and when you have this amount of people come and help… it makes a big difference," Little said.

Cleco is continuing to work to restore power.

"It makes you feel good and the people appreciate you," Buck said.