Almost 90 linemen from the Houston area are in a convoy of trucks headed first to Lafayette and then New Orleans.
Isaac has caused widespread power outages across Louisiana and other Gulf Coast states. Lee Bishop is on the trip. He’s a Centerpoint Operations Manager and has been with the company for 32 years.
“We expect to be picking up poles, wires and replacing transformers and everything to do with restoring power out there.”
He says he’s glad Houston workers are able to give back and help out in Louisiana where utility workers are overwhelmed.
“As an entity on linemen, we stick together as a group throughout each state. We do know there’s families down there devastated without power and we’d like to restore power to those people.”
Ron Dugger has been a lineman for 15 years in the Spring Branch area and is on the trip. He says residents who don’t have electricity will be glad to see them.
“They’re happy you’re there and they know somebody is doing something to get it back to the way it was. You know, normalcy is a big deal for us in our daily lives so if we can get them back to normal, they’re happy.”
Dugger says there is a pay-off for him on this trip.
“Man, you’re helping somebody right here in your own country and you can’t beat that. You can’t beat that helping somebody.”
The linemen could be on the road for more than a week. More than 10,000 utility workers came to Houston to help restore power after Hurricane Ike in 2008.