More than 150 Missouri lineworkers travel to Louisiana to help after Hurricane Ida

(KBSI) – More than 150 Missouri lineworkers from 30 of the state’s electric cooperatives are traveling to Louisiana to help in the cleanup after Hurricane Ida left a trail of damage and destruction along the Gulf Coast.

Hurricane Ida made landfall on Sunday. As of Monday morning, DEMCO, the largest electric cooperative in Louisiana, had 77,000 member without electricity. That makes up 68% of DEMCO’s members.

Missouri crews first helped with hurricane relief efforts in 2004 when the Gulf Coast was hit by Hurricane Ivan and have been doing so since. Their most recent deployments were in 2020 when crews traveled to Louisiana twice for hurricanes Delta and Zeta. Missouri co-ops received assistance restoring power following devastating ice storms in 2007 and 2009.

Hurricane Ida left a trail of damage and destruction along the Gulf Coast following its landfall on Sunday. In response, Missouri’s electric cooperatives have mobilized to answer a call for help. At the request of DEMCO Electric Cooperative, Baton Rouge, Louisiana, more than 150 Missouri lineworkers from 30 of the state’s electric cooperatives are traveling to Louisiana to assist in the cleanup. Missouri is sending both construction and service crews to help with the power restoration efforts at the co-op just east of Baton Rouge. Most of Missouri’s crews are leaving early Tuesday morning to help with the restoration efforts.

DEMCO is the largest electric cooperative in Louisiana, serving more than 112,000 members. As of Monday morning, more than 77,000 DEMCO members, 68%, were without electricity.

Missouri’s restoration efforts are being spearheaded by the Association of Missouri Electric Cooperatives. The Jefferson City-based association represents all 47 of Missouri’s electric cooperatives.

Several southeast Missouri cooperatives sent help.

  • Black River Electric Cooperative, Fredericktown
  • Ozark Border Electric Cooperative, Poplar Bluff
  • Pemiscot-Dunklin Electric Cooperative, Hayti
  • SEMO Electric Cooperative, Sikeston
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