National Rural Water Association

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Contact:  Chris Wilson, nrwacw@nrwa.org

September 10, 2008
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Texas prepares, Louisiana systems still without power

 

      The Texas Rural Water Association has made plans to respond to approaching Hurricane Ike, which looks to make landfall near Corpus Christi, while staff of the Louisiana Rural Water Association are continuing the recovery from Hurricane Gustav.
      Tommy Duck, Executive Director of TRWA reports that the association’s Emergency Response Teams are staged in the area with equipment and supplies.  They have also been contacting systems in the area to assist in preplanning and recovery efforts.  
      Response teams from the Louisiana Rural Water Association continue to make progress and are focusing on seven parishes where wastewater systems and lift stations are still in need of power.  Pat Credeur, Louisiana rural water Executive Director, estimates 130 utilities are still without power in south Louisiana and it will take another 10 days of intensive response work before returning to near normal operations.
      Response teams, including staff from Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia and Mississippi, have assisted in 30 parishes handling approximately 600 assistance calls since Gustav made landfall.  Most calls have been related to widespread power outages. LRWA estimates receiving 247 request from wastewater systems for generators and 139 generator requests from water systems.   As power is restored across the state generators are being moved to assist the 130 systems still in need.
       Although Ike is projected to come ashore on the Texas coast, the possibility of wind and rain on the east side of the storm could render another blow to western parishes of Louisiana. 
       “While we do not wish harm on anyone, we pray Louisiana will be spared and our association will be able to assist Texas Rural Water in their recovery operations if needed,” Credeur said. “Louisiana just can’t stand another hit.”

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