Kendra Lyn, NBC 5 News
Local Oncor workers are heading for Louisiana Thursday around 11:30 a.m. to help restore power knocked out by Isaac.
Local Oncor workers are heading for Louisiana Thursday at about 11:30 a.m. to help restore power knocked out by Isaac.
There are more than 800,000 people across five states without power in the wake of the storm. Around 100 Oncor workers are lending a hand in the storm-ravaged area of Alexandria, La. They’re heading into a dangerous situation with floodwaters and active, downed power lines that were taken out by the storm’s vicious winds.
Crews are helping power companies there with an overwhelming task: getting power up and running once again for thousands of neighbors and businesses impacted by Isaac.
“We might have crews setting poles, might have crews running lines, and getting service back to neighborhoods and subdivisions,” said Kris Spears, with Oncor.
The trucks will deploy from all over the Metroplex: Arlington, Bedford, and mainly the Mesquite Service Station.
Workers had initially planned to assist crews in the Alexandria area. But the power company there, told Oncor late Thursday morning, that they’re recovering without help. The damage isn’t as bad as they had feared. Now, crews are heading towards Shreveport to get their assignment. It’s a familiar road for Oncor’s lineman. They helped in Louisiana after Gustav hit in 2008.
“We’ve been there before and will work to get everybody on as quickly as we can,” said Spears.
Oncor said it’s that experience and equipment that will be an invaluable resource to help the powerless storm victims of Louisiana to restore their lives.
Oncor adds workers are planning to be in Louisiana about a week. The company will send more crews to rotate in, if the job is bigger than they already expect it will be.