‘Complete devastation’ - Convoy of CT power crews makes long drive to Louisiana
A convoy of power crews is headed to Louisiana to help those affected by Ida.
Two-hundred Eversource line workers are driving 1,000 miles to help get 1 million utility customers their power back in the wake of the massive and destructive storm.
"It's complete devastation," said Joe Nolan, Eversource’s president and CEO. "This is not a situation where it's simply a pole or a wire. This is a complete rebuild."
Many of the same workers worked around the clock to get Connecticut’s power back on after Tropical Storm Henri barreled through the state.
Gov. Ned Lamont personally sent the crews off before their long drive down south.
"We dodged a bullet last week with Henri thanks to the grace of God, and also some really good preparation by Eversource,” he said.
Eversource is getting high marks for how it handled Tropical Storm Henri last week after it faced blistering criticism last summer in the wake of Tropical Storm Isaias.
The Connecticut National Guard is also headed to Louisiana, sending a Chinook helicopter crew. Major Gen. Francis Evon says its primary mission will be the “transportation of assets” and evacuations.
The crews plan to stay as long as they're needed in Louisiana and there are no major events in Connecticut.
Connecticut’s United Illuminating tells News 12 that it is sending personnel to respond as well.