DEMCO Prepares for Zeta

Wed, 10/28/2020

Greenwell Springs, LA – DEMCO is actively monitoring and preparing for hurricane Zeta, expected to impact the seven-parish distribution network service area southeastern Louisiana with winds 20-30 mph, as reported by the National Weather Service New Orleans.

Zeta’s impacts are expected as early as Wednesday afternoon or early evening, only three weeks following Hurricane Delta.

“We encourage members to prepare now for Zeta, expected to bring excessive rainfall and winds,” says Randy Pierce, CEO and General Manager. “As with any severe weather system, outages can be expected.”

DEMCO reminds everyone that strong to damaging winds and rain can impact the system before, during and after the storm passes. Electric lines are often torn down by limbs and trees, and dangling lines and lines on the ground are often hidden by debris and water and can be deadly.

Crews are ready to respond when it is safe to do so. “Flood waters must recede, and wind speed must be less than 35 mph, to deploy crews and machinery necessary to assess damage, and then to repair damage to restore power,” says Mark Phillips, DEMCO Director of Operations.

“Please plan for this storm as you would the first storm of the season,” says David Latona, Vice President of Marketing and Member Services. “It’s been said again and again, but it’s always best to plan for the worst and hope for the best.”

DEMCO reminds members to report outages at DEMCO.org, or download the DEMCO mobile app available for Android and iOS devices, or call 1-844-MyDEMCO (1-844- 693-3626).

DEMCO powers 112,000 meters that serve over a half-a-million people in a seven-parish service area of Southeast Louisiana: Ascension, East Baton Rouge, East Feliciana, Livingston, St. Helena, Tangipahoa, and West Feliciana.

 

Visit DEMCO.org for easy-access resources provide a map-view of storm outages, and restoration progress.

 Click on the Outage Map to view DEMCO service area storm radar and outages.

View Total Affected due to Outages and Monitor Restoration progress from your computer or mobile phone.