By I&M Power—
FORT WAYNE, Ind. –More than 300 Indiana Michigan Power (I&M) employees and contractors continue to restore customers in Louisiana in the wake of Hurricane Ida. During the Labor Day weekend, I&M crews were able to begin restoring their first Ida-impacted customers.
I&M Line workers, forestry experts, safety personnel and fleet experts areworking alongside Entergy, in Jean Lafitte, La., – which is 22 miles south of New Orleans. I&M employees and contractors are encountering a number ofchallenging conditions — flooded streets, road closures, widespread damage and debris. Along with storm related hazards, crews also need to lookout for alligators, snakes and wild boar while on job sites.
I&M crews are in good spirits and are dedicated to restoring a sense of normalcy to those impacted from Ida. I&M will assist withrestoration efforts, alongside Entergy, until our crews are released.
POTENTIAL STORMS THIS EVENING:
There is a chance for severe storms to develop this evening (Sept. 7th) across I&M’s service area. American Electric Power (AEP), I&M’s parent company, has a staff of meteorologists monitoring conditions and communicating with employees.
Even with crews assisting in Ida restoration efforts, we are ready and prepared to respond to outages here at home. I&M employeeshave a long-history of working safely to restore communities in the wake of natural disasters. In fact, the company has mutual assistance agreements with utilities across the nation and is always available to help weather permitting.