(October 9, 2020) A crew from Paducah Power System will provide Hurricane recovery assistance in Louisiana. PPS accepted a request from Lafayette Utilities System (LUS) to help with power outages expected from Hurricane Delta. Lafayette, which is west of Baton Rouge, serves more than 65,000 electrical customers.
The six-man PPS crew will leave early tomorrow morning and drive directly to Lafayette, hoping to arrive soon after the storm has passed through the city. They will take two bucket trucks and a foreman’s truck.
Paducah Power provides mutual aid to other municipal electric utilities when possible and has previously sent crews to several areas damaged by hurricanes. They have also helped with winter storm recovery in the northeast and with storm repairs in neighboring counties served by local utilities. Unlike other mutual aid trips, this assignment will require special COVID 19 precautions such as masks, limited contact with the public and isolation when not on duty.
“The coronavirus did not stop hurricanes, said Dave Carroll, PPS General Manager. “We always try to help other utilities when we get the call because we remember how valuable that aid was to us during the 2009 ice storm. After a great deal of thought, we determined that, with the appropriate precautions, we can help another utility in need.” said Dave Carroll, PPS General Manager.
The length of the crew’s stay has yet to be determined.