Boone Electric crews say it will take three to four weeks before power is restored to everyone in hurricane-damaged Baton Rouge. They have a ten-member crew in Baton Rouge, and they’ve been working 16-hour days after Ida.
There are eight linemen and two right-of-way crew members there. Boone Electric spokeswoman Meredith Hoenes tells 939 the Eagle that they’re replacing poles, working on lines and clearing trees when necessary.
Boone Electric crews say the hurricane broke 400 distribution poles in Baton Rouge, along with about 60 transmission poles. Transmission poles carry electricity from generation to a substation.
55,000 Baton Rouge-area residents are still without power, down from 77,000 customers earlier this week. Ms. Hoenes says if there is a Boone Electric crew rotation, it would probably be next weekend.