Columbia-based Boone Electric says 75 percent of power has now been restored in hurricane-damaged Baton Rouge, Louisiana.
A ten-member Boone Electric crew continues to restore power this morning in Louisiana. Boone Electric spokeswoman Meredith Hoenes says Baton Rouge’s DEMCO Electric co-op still has several hundred broken poles and 15,000 miles of out-of-service line.
Boone Electric crews have battled excessive heat and have worked 16-hour days at times, replacing poles, restringing lines and clearing trees.
Ms. Hoenes tells 939 the Eagle that they’re considering switching crews this weekend. She says Boone Electric is still compiling a list of how many crew members will be needed, and what equipment to take.
About 29,000 Baton Rouge-area residents remain without power today, down from 55,000 on Friday.