THESE GRADY E.M.C. LINEMEN are home after spending several days in hot, swampy parts of Louisiana hit by Hurricane Delta. Pictured, l-r, Tony Hurst, Timmy Holley, Ethan Griffin and Scott Taliaferro.
Just one month after working in Louisiana to help electric utilities restore power following Hurricane Laura, two local crews returned to the hurricane weary state last week to lend more aid, this time in the aftermath of Hurricane Delta, which made landfall in Louisiana on Friday, Oct. 9.
The City of Cairo sent the same crew of five to help their counterparts in Gueydan, Louisiana, which is located near the coast between Lake Charles and Lafayette, according to Rod Prince, energy services director for the City of Cairo.
Grady E.M.C. sent a crew of four to Derridder in southwestern Louisiana to work with Beauregard E.M.C., a different crew from the one that worked in the state after Hurricane Laura.
Grady E.M.C.’s Hurricane Delta crew was made up of Ethan Griffin, Timmy Holley, Tony Hurst and Scott Taliaferro.
“The Louisiana conditions were swampy, hot and full of mosquitoes,” relays Adam Starr, marketing and member services manager for Grady E.M.C.
The local cooperative crew worked several days in those conditions, leaving Cairo on Monday, Oct. 12 and returning on Friday, Oct. 16.
Cairo’s city crew included Ja’Rod Brooks, John Myrick, Brandon Norris, Justin Norris and Al Thomas. They took a bucket truck, digger derrick, pole trailer and a pickup truck. The men left Cairo on Saturday, Oct. 10, and returned on Friday, Oct. 16.
Hurricane Delta made landfall near Creole, Louisiana, slamming the same region that was devastated by Hurricane Laura just six weeks prior.