NPPD heading to Baton Rouge to help with power restoration

16-people including line technicians and supervisory staff will provide mutual aid and restore power.
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YORK, Neb. (KLKN)– Nebraska Public Power District is heading to Baton Rouge on Tuesday to help with power restoration after Hurricane Ida.

16-people including line technicians and supervisory staff will provide mutual aid and restore power.

“People put their names on the line to say, hey, we’ll, we’ll go on the next aid call,” said Mark Becker, Nebraska Public Power District. “They’re the guys that go in two o’clock in the morning, put, put, put the line back up so people will have power.”

Hurricane Ida is slowly moving out of Louisiana and into neighboring southern states following landfall Sunday morning, leaving that state with more than one million customers without electricity.

The contingent from NPPD will also be utilizing a variety of equipment used in restoration efforts, with a commitment for two weeks to assist in restoring power for Entergy, which is one of the primary electric providers in the Pelican state.

“They will give us an area to look at and we will then go in and bring lines back on,” said Becker. “We’ll take the, take care of poles that have been damaged, put them up so they’re into a position where we can actually energize the line, so they can be serviced the service can be returned to homes, restaurants, businesses, and so forth in the Baton Rouge area”

Entergy has approximately 1.3 million customers and as of Monday afternoon had over 822,000 customers without power due to downed power lines and structures.

NPPD crews are expected to leave prior at approximately noon Tuesday from NPPD’s York Operations Center (907 W. 25th Street, York) and arriving Thursday to begin assistance.

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