SHAWNEE, Okla. (KNWA/KFTA) — Oklahoma Gas & Electric and Southwestern Electric Power Company sent crew members to give support in the Hurricane Ida recovery effort.
OG&E deployed over 200 crew members to Louisiana to assist with power restoration as Hurricane Ida made landfall Sunday, August 29.
Early Sunday, a crew made up of over 50 trucks, 240 linemen and more additional staff left from Shawnee, Oklahoma en route for Shreveport, Louisiana then to Baton Rouge to assist with restoring power in anticipation of outages brought on by the storm, which made landfall Sunday.
“Our crews are ready to go to work. We take pride in lending our resources and expertise to restore power to Entergy Louisiana’s customers should Hurricane Ida impact their electric service,” said Andrea Dennis, OG&E Vice President of Transmission & Distribution Operations.
OG&E is a member of the Midwest Mutual Assistance and Southeast Electrical Exchange, which dispatches mutual assistance teams in cases of widespread outages.
Mutual assistance crews are typically deployed for up to 14 days. The company will send additional support if needed.
SWEPCO said Monday, August 30, its company and contract crews based in Fayetteville and Texarkana along with the company’s crews in Louisiana will be assisting Entergy’s recovery from Ida.
“Just as we had help from our American Electric Power sister companies and many other contractors in past storms like Hurricanes Laura and Delta, we provide assistance to other utilities,” said Drew Seidel, SWEPCO vice president of Distribution Region Operations. “Working through a mutual assistance network, we have been asked to provide approximately 200 distribution line and support personnel to Entergy Louisiana.”
A news release from SWEPCO says the company was prepared for significant outages from Ida and is restoring service to the fewer than 100 customers remaining from the 3,100 who lost power Sunday, along with some outages unrelated to the storm Monday.