Hurricane Ida inflicted destruction and left a million people without power in Louisiana 16 years after Hurricane Katrina made landfall. In response, the line trade came together to provide mutual aid to the impacted utilities in the region.
When disaster strikes, the utility community doesn't just stand on the sidelines. Linemen leave their homes and their families for weeks, or even months, at a time to travel to the hardest hit areas and do what they do best--get the lights back on.
Thank you to all of the hard-working and dedicated line crews who hit the road over the last day or two to Louisiana and Mississippi to provide mutual assistance. This photo gallery is dedicated to the first responders and heroes in the line trade. We are hoping for a safe restoration for the impacted utilities as well as for those providing assistance.
If you are providing mutual aid and want to be included in this photo gallery, send your photo of your crews and your trucks to Field Editor Amy Fischbach.
Also, check out the below video clip from JEA about how it is providing mutual aid in the wake of Hurricane Ida.