Winn Parish Recovery Response Evening Update 9-1-20

Power
Entergy is reporting 4,080 customers without power. Winn Parish Police Jury President Josh McAllister posted an update on the electricity situation earlier today on his Facebook page. 

The Entergy crews continue to work in Winn Parish to restore power… We added an additional 10 crews in the parish to assist with restoration. We have crews working in and around Winnfield, Dodson, Calvin, and Montgomery
 
We now have 4 of the 5 feeders online in the Winnfield substation. Once we clear vegetation servicemen can begin to set poles and run new spans of wire. This is a slow process due to some of the terrain and accessibility.
 
Entergy understands many customers have been without power for at least 6 days and anxiously awaiting power to come back on. Please rest assure our men are working as quickly as possible to get everyone in Winn Parish restored. Thank you to all for your patience as we work through this challenging time.

City of Winnfield
Per Mayor George Moss, “We are adding power every minute, as fast as we can. There are still some tough spots, but we have 43 guys working on it in the city.”

Winnfield Mayor George Moss, Jessie Phillips, and the city council have graciously opened the Allen Building for a shelter in place facility. If you have elderly family or friends with compromised health issues and need to get them out of the heat, they will be allowed to use the building to hook up any machines for oxygen or other medical devices to power and help them stay cool. Use of the building will be on a first come first serve basis as there is limited capacity inside the building.

FEMA
Winn Parish was added to the Louisiana Disaster Declaration. The designation allows citizens to apply for Disaster Assistance from FEMA. Disaster assistance may include grants to help pay for temporary housing, emergency home repairs for the primary residence, uninsured and underinsured personal property losses, medical, dental, and funeral expenses caused by the disaster, and other serious disaster-related costs such as childcare, medical and dental expenses. All citizens impacted by Hurricane Laura are encouraged to register as they may be eligible for FEMA assistance.

Before you apply, contact your insurance company and file a claim for the disaster-caused damage. FEMA will require your claim number when you apply. Take photographs or video of the damage and keep all receipts related to home repair.

The link to register is https://www.disasterassistance.gov/ or by calling 800-621-3362. After registering, create an account to check your application status, view FEMA messages, update your personal information, and upload necessary documents.

If you have suffered damage to your property or vehicle, call the Sheriff’s office at 225-254-0148 ext. 0. They will need your name, address, what was damaged, and an estimate of the damaged property’s value.

Resources
If you need assistance with cutting trees, call the Sheriff’s dept at 225-254-0148 ext. 0. They will put you on a list for service from the Bible Chainsaw Gang. Please remember that the Army National Gaurd cannot cut down trees on private property.

Army National Gaurd – Major Bratton
The Army National Gaurd is still working on clearing off the roads. The POD at Winnfield Senior High School continues to distribute commodities that include MRE’s, ice, and water.

City of Winnfield Fire Department
Providing meals every afternoon to all 1st responders at the fire station.

DSNAP 
Disaster Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (DSNAP) will be available soon in Winn Parish. DSNAP provides eligible low- to moderate-income households – who do not normally receive SNAP benefits – with help buying groceries due to lost income or damages following a disaster.

American Red Cross
If you need assistance from the American Red Cross, you may contact Heather Carbajal at 423-863-0200 or 423-765-4222.

Trash Disposal
Dumpsters are available for trash disposal in Calvin across from the store, Sikes on 2nd St, St. Maurice fire station, and Atlanta fire station. Please do not use the dumpsters for limbs and vegetation.

General Announcements
Winn Parish Police Jury Office phones are down. Please call Karen Tyler at 318-715-1442 if you need assistance.

2 thoughts on “Winn Parish Recovery Response Evening Update 9-1-20

  1. We need a permit for Entergy to bring us a new meter for our repair. We can’t talk to anyone at police jury, the number is always busy, to make that request. Is there a procedure I missed? Is this a problem for anybody else?

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