Winn Parish Recovery Response Update 9-1-20

Community volunteers working on behalf of the Winn Parish Police Jury continue to distribute food to the community. The effort coordinated by Louisiana Loggers Executive Director Toni McAllister has moved the operation to the Presbyterian Church located at 302 Beville St. in Winnfield, LA. “These volunteer are amazing. We have volunteers that have been out here working for 12 hours straight,” stated McAllister. Over 4000 cheeseburger plates provide by the Cajun Navy were distributed at the site as well as delivered to people who are not able to leave their homes. “The Winn Parish community is amazing.We aren’t the only ones helping. There are lots of relief efforts happening around the parish, and many of them the Jury has no involvement in,” stated Police Jury President Josh McAllister.

At the same location the Heart of Louisiana Humane Society had a site set up providing dog and cat food for pets. With help from donations the organization was able to pass out 988 pounds of dog food and 360 pounds of cat food to help people affected by the storm care for their pets. 

Other relief efforts yesterday included community volunteers in Calvin that provided hot lunches to the community. People in need were able to pick up lunches at the First Baptist Church of Calvin. Volunteers also delivered the lunch plates to those not able to leave their homes. Calvin High School FFA cooked hamburger plates at Calvin High School. The Winn First District #3 cooked and distributed chicken plates at the fire station on 501 in Winnfield.

City of Winnfield Mayor George Moss informed the WPJ that electricity was restored yesterday to many parts of the city. The city sewage plant, and the hospital now have electricity. Many of the motels in town have electricity as well. “The motels having lights might give people that still don’t have electricity some where cool to stay. We are expecting more line workers to arrive today, they’re coming to Winnfield from all over the country to help us,” said Moss.

Louisiana Air National Guard continued to provide commodities daily at Winnfield Senior High School. Commodities include MRE’s, water and ice.

Entergy Louisiana’s damage assessment from Hurricane Laura is now complete, with debris removal, repairs and rebuilding of the electrical system ongoing. At time of publication according to Entergy’s website 4,249 customers in Winn Parish remain without power.

The distribution system damage assessment in Louisiana includes damage to approximately 8,400 poles, 3,400 transformers and 16,300 spans of wire. Hardest-hit areas of Lake Charles, Calcasieu and Cameron parishes included damage to 6,637 poles, 2,926 transformers and 11,886 spans of wire.

As a whole, Louisiana suffered a peak of 270,900 outages Thursday afternoon.  Entergy uses peak outages, which measure a moment in time, to indicate their restoration progress. Over the course of the storm and their restoration, the company has restored 338,087 individual outages in Louisiana as of 7 p.m. Tuesday, Sept.1.

Crews have been successful in completing repairs to their distribution system and services to individual households, however they continue to face significant obstacles to rebuild their transmission system which was heavily impacted by Laura.

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