LES team returns home from Louisiana
16 days and countless hours of work later, the team from LES made it back to Lincoln safely. It wasn't after seeing the destruction hurricane Ida left behind.
LINCOLN (KLKN) – 16 days and countless hours of work later, the team from LES made it back to Lincoln safely. It wasn’t after seeing the destruction hurricane Ida left behind.
“You really see the impact and how people are affected. You know, everybody’s walking around, they’re really struggling trying to clean up. I don’t think you really get to see that, from the tv perspective,” David Sehi, said.
Sehi was among the 14 crew members who drove down to Houma, Louisiana, a town west of New Orleans that had significant power outages.
It was his first time helping after a hurricane. Seeing the aftermath the category 4 hurricane left behind was eye opening.
“You think there would be some sort of areas that were still online and stuff like that, but even to where the the hospitals were off up until a couple days ago. They finally got them on, you know, it was widespread. Even to the point where they were evacuating people from the hospital with helicopters,” Shehi said.
The LES team assisted with things like distribution, fixing smaller transmission lines and then setting up power line poles and getting service to homes in the area.
He said the two weeks were filled with a lot of hard work, but all of it rewarding for the team as they helped residents try to get back on their feet.
“Right now they’re out of power, they got a lot of water damage and wind damage to their facilities. They just like to know and and see us out there and our crew out there, knowing that there is hope and power is going to be restored soon and we’re working on it,” he said.