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    Re: Hurricane Laura

    Phase 3 light

    How's this going for you Louisiana? What a cluster!
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    Re: Hurricane Laura

    Got electricity. Pow!

    There are still a lot of folks in a real bind.

    If you havenít considered volunteering or passing the hat for your favorite NGO, you might want to consider it.

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    Re: Hurricane Laura

    Quote Originally Posted by turbodawg View Post
    Got electricity. Pow!

    There are still a lot of folks in a real bind.

    If you haven’t considered volunteering or passing the hat for your favorite NGO, you might want to consider it.
    It's only been a month...good thing Louisiana dodged a bullet, like your guvnar said, eh.

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    Re: Hurricane Laura

    My nephew in Moss Bluff, just north of LC, finally got power yesterday. One of only a handful of houses in his subdivision than didn't have a tree land on his house. Neighbors on both sides of him did. It's been double tough down there.
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    Re: Hurricane Laura

    Yes, and it's true now that things are mostly back to normal around here we have moved on...it's debris removal and dealing with slow-azz insurance adjusters now. But, things are stabilized...need fences rebuilt, things like that at 4 of my houses but life is back to normal.

    And....hate to admit it...I (we) have forgotten about the folks down around LC. There are no more relief efforts of water and other supplies...except maybe by churches and other organizations. "Out of sight, out of mind..." which has been the complaint by those still struggling in SW Louisiana. The national media ignored them because there was no real ammo to attack Trump with, and with a Dem guvnar dropping the ball, the media didn't want to hit it too hard. So! they simply ignore it.

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    Re: Hurricane Laura

    Quote Originally Posted by dawg80 View Post
    It's only been a month...good thing Louisiana dodged a bullet, like your guvnar said, eh.
    That was a Greg Abbott quote.

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    Re: Hurricane Laura

    My son is an engineering graduate from Tech. After graduation he went to work for CenterPoint Energy in Houston as a Customer Service Manager for the electric utility. His service corridor was about 6 miles tall, stretched from the western city limit to the eastern city limit and included Houston Intercontinental. If you flew through there from 2013 to 2015 my son was the one keeping the lights on.

    5 years ago he had the opportunity to come back to Ruston and go to work for the city in Public Works. He has run a myriad of projects for the city since coming home including the writing of a grant application that garnered $17 million for Ruston, much of which will help further connect the Tech campus to downtown. About 2 months ago he was promoted, and a portion of his new responsibilities placed him as the Director of Ruston's municipally owned electric utility. 4 weeks ago today, when Laura hit, 18 of Rustonís 20 circuits went down, cutting off power to 95% of businesses and residences. This would be like opening the door to your breaker panel at home and seeing 90% percent of the breakers tripped and knowing that the only way to fix it is to rewire the house.

    There was one additional challenge that is unique to municipally owned utilities. If you live in Ruston you may recall that for 2-3 days before the storm hit, several hotels in town had parking lots full of bucket trucks and rooms full of linemen. Not a single one of those staged crews were available to the City of Ruston. All were there under contract to and on the tab of either Entergy or Claiborne Electric. Public bid laws prohibit Ruston from paying crews to come in and wait on standby because if the storm wobbles and some of the crews canít be utilized by Ruston, the city is still on the hook for the standby time and mobilization and demobilization costs incurred, and paying for services not used with public money is a big no-no.

    Long story short, my son had to start scrambling while the storm was still raging to get the resources on the ground to begin repairing and rebuilding the grid. He didnít do it entirely by himself. John Freeman, Kevin McGivney and Ronny Walker and all public works employees were all hands on deck during this crisis. By the end of the day Sunday, 16 of the cityís 18 down circuits were restored. Just one more example of the capabilities of a Tech engineer.

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    Re: Hurricane Laura

    Quote Originally Posted by tenacious_dog View Post
    My nephew in Moss Bluff, just north of LC, finally got power yesterday. One of only a handful of houses in his subdivision than didn't have a tree land on his house. Neighbors on both sides of him did. It's been double tough down there.
    The Bluff has been bad. Picking up, though. About all you can do.

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    Re: Hurricane Laura

    Quote Originally Posted by RhinoDawg View Post
    My son is an engineering graduate from Tech. After graduation he went to work for CenterPoint Energy in Houston as a Customer Service Manager for the electric utility. His service corridor was about 6 miles tall, stretched from the western city limit to the eastern city limit and included Houston Intercontinental. If you flew through there from 2013 to 2015 my son was the one keeping the lights on.

    5 years ago he had the opportunity to come back to Ruston and go to work for the city in Public Works. He has run a myriad of projects for the city since coming home including the writing of a grant application that garnered $17 million for Ruston, much of which will help further connect the Tech campus to downtown. About 2 months ago he was promoted, and a portion of his new responsibilities placed him as the Director of Ruston's municipally owned electric utility. 4 weeks ago today, when Laura hit, 18 of Rustonís 20 circuits went down, cutting off power to 95% of businesses and residences. This would be like opening the door to your breaker panel at home and seeing 90% percent of the breakers tripped and knowing that the only way to fix it is to rewire the house.

    There was one additional challenge that is unique to municipally owned utilities. If you live in Ruston you may recall that for 2-3 days before the storm hit, several hotels in town had parking lots full of bucket trucks and rooms full of linemen. Not a single one of those staged crews were available to the City of Ruston. All were there under contract to and on the tab of either Entergy or Claiborne Electric. Public bid laws prohibit Ruston from paying crews to come in and wait on standby because if the storm wobbles and some of the crews canít be utilized by Ruston, the city is still on the hook for the standby time and mobilization and demobilization costs incurred, and paying for services not used with public money is a big no-no.

    Long story short, my son had to start scrambling while the storm was still raging to get the resources on the ground to begin repairing and rebuilding the grid. He didnít do it entirely by himself. John Freeman, Kevin McGivney and Ronny Walker and all public works employees were all hands on deck during this crisis. By the end of the day Sunday, 16 of the cityís 18 down circuits were restored. Just one more example of the capabilities of a Tech engineer.
    Good stuff there.

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    Re: Hurricane Laura

    Quote Originally Posted by RhinoDawg View Post
    Public bid laws prohibit Ruston from paying crews to come in and wait on standby because if the storm wobbles and some of the crews can’t be utilized by Ruston, the city is still on the hook for the standby time and mobilization and demobilization costs incurred, and paying for services not used with public money is a big no-no.
    Actually that is incorrect -

    Those costs are permissible under state bid-law, and those agreements are allowed to be be made by local municipalities and utility districts - however, the municipality, parish, county or district are still on the hook for those mobilization costs if the storm misses them - and without FEMA or state help if is a fiscal burden to the local entity - so they chose to roll the dice in most of those instances

    It falls under the guidance of "mutual aid-agreements" the municipalities Hazard Mitigation Plan and is signed off on by the state and GOHSEP...
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    Re: Hurricane Laura

    Quote Originally Posted by Dwayne From Minden View Post
    Actually that is incorrect -

    Those costs are permissible under state bid-law, and those agreements are allowed to be be made by local municipalities and utility districts - however, the municipality, parish, county or district are still on the hook for those mobilization costs if the storm misses them - and without FEMA or state help if is a fiscal burden to the local entity - so they chose to roll the dice in most of those instances

    It falls under the guidance of "mutual aid-agreements" the municipalities Hazard Mitigation Plan and is signed off on by the state and GOHSEP...
    Aha. I’m sure that is what he actually told me but I was talking to him on the phone about this point in particular when we were between the north and south eye walls so I may not have recalled all the details correctly. At any rate, going from 95% down to 90% up in 3 days is a good outcome no matter what was done beforehand.

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    Re: Hurricane Laura

    They finally picked up our debris today...only been a month.

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