Hurricane Gustav leaves widespread damage

By: STAFF MEMBERS

Hurricane Gustav left behind lots of destruction in Evangeline Parish Monday, September 1, and continued to plaque authorities several days after the hurricane made landfall.

From calls of improperly working generators to calls for assistance during the storm, emergency personnel were kept very busy before, during and after the storm. At one point emergency officials were called to a well in Easton which was spraying gas and oil. The occupants called for assistance and emergency officials took a chances and responded to the call to assis them.

Cleco

Cleco is working to restore power to 246,092 customers after Hurricane Gustav reeked its havoc on Louisiana and Mississippi.

On Tuesday, September 2, approximately 10 percent of Cleco’s electrical customers had been restored at 4 p.m., according to a spokesperson. “We’re still working on it.”

In Ville Platte, 7,500 customers were without power as of Wednesday at 11 a.m. Since the beginning of the storm, Cleco had 10,000 cutomers without electricity in the Ville Platte area. “We are doing the best we can,” Cleco’s representative said. We’re assessing damage.”

Cleco has approximately 4,000 workers from other communities coming from Texas, Oklahoma and other area states. Cleco is working to restore power to 246,092 customers after Hurricane Gustav reeked its havoc on Louisiana and Mississippi.

On Tuesday, September 2, approximately 10 percent of Cleco’s electrical customers had been restored at 4 p.m., according to a spokesperson. “We’re still working on it.”

In Ville Platte, 7,500 customers were without power as of Wednesday at 11 a.m. Since the beginning of the storm, Cleco had 10,000 cutomers without electricity in the Ville Platte area. “We are doing the best we can,” Cleco’s representative said. We’re assessing damage.”

Cleco has approximately 4,000 workers from other communities coming from Texas, Oklahoma and other area states.

The company’s spokesperson said transmission lines in the Ville Platte area were down and they had repaired them. They are now working on the distribution lines.

Pine Prairie

At press time,Terry Savant, Pine Prairie mayor, said he’d spoken to Cleco earlier in the day and learned as soon as power was restored to the Vidrine area, workers would begin restoring power to Pine Prairie. On Wednesday, they distributed supplies from FEMA to residents. He said everything was okay, and they are observing the dusk to dawn curfew across the parish.

Mamou

At press time, Mamou Police Chief Greg Dupuis said Cleco was hard at work in Mamou installing new utility poles. He said he expected Mamou’s power to be completely restored by Wednesday night.

A strict curfew was in effect for the past several days, but Dupuis said the curfew should not be necesary from this point forward. Only a few citation were issued during the curfew period.

Ville Platte

Ville Platte Police Chief Neal Lartigue asked residents to please be patient. Cleco was working hard to bring electricity back to the commnity, and the city workers were working hard to solve various problems. “They’re doing the best they can do to get everything done in a timely manner.

Slemco

Mary Laurent, public relations with Slemco, said there were 1,613 customers in Evangeline Parish without electricity after the storm. At 2:50 p.m. Wednesday, September 3, 40 percent of their customers or 683 people were still without electricity. She said there’s a lot of damage but once the feeder routes are repaired, then they’ll begin working on the other lines.

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