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Missouri hometown utility crews deployed to Louisiana for Hurricane Laura recovery

Tuesday, August 25, 2020   (0 Comments)
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MPUA NEWS RELEASE                                           


[UPDATED: AUGUST 26, 2:00 P.M. - adding Higginsville lineworker crew, updating storm's strength] 


Municipal utility electric line crews from Missouri communities are on their way to Louisiana, ready to perform recovery work in the wake of Hurricane Laura.

Organized by the Missouri Public Utility Alliance, lineworker crews from four Missouri hometown utilities are traveling to Alexandria, Louisiana, preparing to respond to power outages after the storm passes. Preparedness coordinators for the City of Alexandria issued a call to the Missouri Public Utility Alliance (MPUA) for mutual aid assistance, and the local crews departed for Louisiana yesterday and today.  


The combined response of 16 lineworkers involves crews from the hometown utilities in Hannibal, Harrisonville, Higginsville and Macon. The workers are staging in Alexandria, equipped with six bucket trucks, two digger trucks, and four other linework vehicles, ready to restore power to Alexandria’s municipal utility after the storm passes.

According to the National Hurricane Center, Laura  is now a Category 4 hurricane, and is expected to continue to intensify before making landfall on the coasts of southwest Louisiana and upper Texas Wednesday, and move inland on Thursday.


The responding crews are from “public power” electric utilities, not-for-profit community-owned electric utilities that serve their individual hometowns, but also have agreements in place allowing staff to assist neighboring communities and states during widespread outages in other communities. Hometown utility workers in other states are also on the road to Louisiana locations to assist in hurricane recovery efforts.

The mutual aid response is coordinated through MPUA’s mutual aid network of 84 utilities. Assisting hometown utilities are reimbursed by the communities receiving assistance. Nationally, mutual aid agreements like MPUA’s are linked  through the American Public Power Association to more than 2,000 public power and rural electric cooperatives, so they can help each other in times of need.


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