To speed the recovery effort from Hurricane Delta, Winn Parish Police Jury President Josh McAllister met with Winn Parish Road Superintendent Perry Holmes, Winnfield Mayor George Moss, Winnfield City Councilman Matt Miller, and representatives from the Army National Guard Sgt. Savannah and Spc. Finley Saturday, October 10, 2020.
The meeting was an effort to coordinate the efforts of various emergency response teams throughout the parish. McAllister had updates directly from representatives with Entergy and SWEPCO on power outages and estimated times of restoration.
Holmes reported that downed trees and powerlines blocked approximately 20 roads in the parish.
Moss reported that the City of Winnfield power crew, which consists of three people, had been working since the early hours of Saturday morning to restore power to the city. “I’d personally like to thank the city power crew for their efforts, I’ve been speaking with them since the early this morning, and they are working really hard to get the power back on to the city residents,” stated McAllister. Moss also reported that the hospital and nursing homes in the city had power.
Miller reported that the City of Winnfield Fire Department would have 20 bottles of O2 within a few hours. People in need of O2 may call 318-628-3923 to request.
Sgt. Savannah reported that an Army National Guard Route Clearance Crew was in route to Winn Parish to assist in road debris removal. He also stated that a request had been submitted for generators for village water systems. The estimate was that 8-10 water systems were down Saturday morning.
McAllister reported that wind gusts in Winn Parish reached 51 MPH per the Gum Springs weather station.
“I think we learned a lot of hard lessons from Laura; it’s meetings like this that helps keep us all on the same page that makes a huge difference in recovery time,” stated Moss