Hurricane Laura

Hurricane Laura

hurricane Laura restoration update

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September 16

BECi Restores Power to 50% of Membership

 

DeRidder — As of 12:00 PM, September 16, BECi has restored power to over 50% of its membership. Approximately 19,800 members are still without power. BECi has 1,200 linemen working in every part in its service area. Meters in Evangeline Parish are 100% restored. Meters in Rapides and Vernon Parish are over 90% restored. Meters in Allen and Beauregard Parish are over 50% restored.

Meters in Calcasieu and Jeff Davis Parish are 30% restored. Rebuilding efforts have been complicated in Calcasieu and Jeff Davis parishes by the severe damaged to transmission infrastructure - large metal structures and high-voltage power lines owned by other companies that deliver electricity from power plants to BECi substations. BECi continues to rebuild distribution and service lines, but power will not be fully restored in these parishes until our power suppliers are able to rebuild the damage transmission infrastructure.

BECi estimates that most of its service area will be restored by the end of September. The co-op reminds its members that this is just an estimate and some members may be without power longer depending on the damage to their area.

“With the help of our sister co-ops and contractors, we have been able to make great progress in the face of substantial damage,” said General Manager Kevin Turner. “We have been able to restore power to large distribution lines allowing us to get thousands of members on throughout the service area – even those who were hardest hit by Hurricane Laura.”

As the co-op enters into the final stages of restoration, BECi asks that members continue to call in and report their outage and any damage to their service lines.

BECi reminds members that it supplies power to members who live mostly in rural areas. On average, one-mile of line will service less than nine meters. The final stages of restoration can be time-consuming.

“This stage of restoration can be frustrating for our members,” said Turner. “When it comes to restoring service lines, crews can work an entire day and only restore power to less than ten meters. We want to assure our members that we are out there working. If your neighbor has power and you do not, we haven’t forgotten about you. Crews are working as quickly as they can to get everyone back up.”

 

As of September 16, 12:00 PM, below are the current outage totals.

 

 

Parish

 

Members

Served

 

Total Number of Members Without Power

 

Total Number of Members Restored to Date

 

Percentage of Parish Still Out

 

Percentage of Parish Restored

Allen

5509

1960

3549

35%

65%

Beauregard

14943

5701

9242

38%

62%

Calcasieu

12402

8958

3444

72%

28%

Evangeline

50

0

50

0%

100%

Jeff Davis

336

233

103

69%

31%

Rapides

1487

159

1328

10%

90%

Vernon

8172

887

7285

10%

90%

Total

42899

17898

25001

41%

59%

 

           

 

 


September 15

BECi Restores Power to 20,400 Meters

DeRidder — As of 10:00 AM, September 15, BECi has restored power to approximately 20,400 meters. There are still 22,470 meters without power. BECi has 1,200 linemen working in every part in our service area. As we enter the third week of power restoration, our 4-5 week estimation remains the same. 

Remember, this is just an estimate and some members may be without power longer depending on the damage to their area. We are unable to give specific restoration times for specific areas.

Below is the breakdown of outage numbers per parish.

 

Parish

 

Members

Served

 

Total Number of Members Without Power

 

Total Number of Members Restored to Date

 

Percentage of Parish Still Out

 

Percentage of Parish Restored

Allen

5509

2745

2764

49%

51%

Beauregard

14943

8174

6769

54%

46%

Calcasieu

12402

9456

2946

76%

24%

Evangeline

50

1

49

1%

99%

Jeff Davis

336

206

130

62%

38%

Rapides

1487

199

1288

13%

87%

Vernon

8172

1689

6483

20%

80%

Total

42899

22470

20429

52%

48%


September 14

BECi Restores Power to 19,500 Meters

Continues to energize southern substations

DeRidder — As of 2:00 PM, September 14, BECi has restored power to 19,500 meters. There are still 23,373 meters without power. We have 1,200 linemen working in every part in our service area. As we enter the third week of power restoration, our 4-5 week estimation remains the same.

Remember, this is just an estimate and some members may be without power longer depending on the damage to their area. We are unable to give specific restoration times for specific areas.

Below is the breakdown of outage numbers per parish.

 

Parish

 

Members

Served

 

Total Number of Members Without Power

 

Total Number of Members Restored to Date

 

Percentage of Parish Still Out

 

Percentage of Parish Restored

Allen

5509

2890

2619

52%

48%

Beauregard

14943

7899

7044

52%

48%

Calcasieu

12402

10294

2108

83%

17%

Evangeline

50

1

49

2%

98%

Jeff Davis

336

233

103

69%

31%

Rapides

1487

217

1270

14%

86%

Vernon

8172

1839

6333

22%

78%

Total

42899

23373

19526

54%

46%

 


September 12

BECi Restores Power to 15,000 Meters

Continues to energize southern substations

 

DeRidder — BECi has restored power to over 15,000 meters throughout its service area since Hurricane Laura made landfall seventeen days ago.

The co-op has replaced over 2,500 poles and hundreds of miles of electrical wire. The co-op expects for these numbers to climb as linemen begin to finalize work on major distribution lines and move to make repairs to service lines that power individual homes and businesses.

In Evangeline, Rapides and Vernon Parish, 50% of meters have been restored. In Jeff Davis and Rapides Parish, less than 1,000 meters remain without power. BECi is asking members who live in these parishes and still remain without power to call and report their outage and damage to their electrical lines.

“The hard work of our linemen who have spent days of cutting trees and resetting poles is finally beginning to pay off as the number of restored meters continue to increase with each day. Our guys get just as excited as our members do when the lights come back on,” said BECi’s General Manager, Kevin Turner.

Sixteen of the co-op’s 22 substations have been energized. Power is beginning to be restored to members in Calcasieu Parish – the co-op’s hardest hit area.

The co-op’s restoration effort is being aided with help of an additional 1,200 linemen and 600 pieces of equipment – including service trucks, bucket trucks, and off-road equipment.

“Hurricane Laura destroyed an infrastructure that took over 80 years to build. Without the help of our sister co-ops and contract crews, this restoration effort would not be possible,” said Turner. “These guys are away from their homes and family, working long days to help each of our 43,000 members. It’s these kind of people that help bring hope back into our communities that not only will we rebuild, but we will be better than before.”

Safety is always the top priority in any restoration effort. Given the COVID-19 pandemic, crews are following additional protocols designed to keep them safe and healthy. These protocols add an additional layer of complexity to the restoration process. Members are urged not to approach crews and to remember the importance of social distancing so these mission-essential workers can continue to work safely.

 

As of September 12, 12:00 PM, here are the current outage totals.

 

Parish

 

Members

Served

 

Total Number of Members Without Power

 

Total Number of Members Restored to Date

 

Percentage of Parish Still Out

 

Percentage of Parish Restored

Allen

5509

2879

2630

52%

48%

Beauregard

14943

9345

5598

62%

38%

Calcasieu

12402

12092

310

97%

3%

Evangeline

50

0

50

0%

100%

Jeff Davis

336

234

102

69%

31%

Rapides

1487

542

945

36%

64%

Vernon

8172

2800

5372

34%

66%

Total

42899

27892

15007

65%

35%

September 11

BECi Energizes First Meters in Hard Hit Calcasieu Parish

Continues to energize southern substations

 

DeRidder — BECi has energized its first meter in the hard hit area of Calcasieu Parish. The co-op’s power provider was able to supply power to the co-op’s substation in the DeQuincy area, restoring 450 meters in the parish.

 

“We were able to bring additional members back online in a parish that has seen devastating damage.  It’s always gratifying to see the house lights come on, but it’s the grunt work – days spent cutting trees from the right-of-way, replacing hundreds of power poles and restringing miles of new distribution line – that make it possible,” said Kevin Turner, BECi General Manager.

 

Beauregard Electric Cooperative, Inc. (BECi) continues to make steady progress in its effort to rebuild the electric grid in the wake of Hurricane Laura. The co-op has restored power to 70 percent of its substations, which means 28 percent of our members have had their power restored.

 

More than 1,200 utility workers from across the nation are aiding Beauregard Electric’s rebuilding and restoration efforts. “The progress we’ve made would not be possible without the support of our sister co-ops. These guys are spending every daylight hour out in our communities, helping us pick our system up off the ground.  At night they sleep in tents out at the airstrip and down south along Hwy. 12 and in the morning wake up to go at it again.  It is the very definition of cooperative spirit and an effort that should make every member of Beauregard Electric very proud,” said Turner.

 

Safety is always the top priority in any restoration effort. Given the COVID-19 pandemic, crews are following additional protocols designed to keep them safe and healthy. These protocols add an additional layer of complexity to the restoration process. Members are urged not to approach crews and to remember the importance of social distancing so these mission-essential workers can continue to work safely.

 

As of September 11, 12:00 PM, here are the current outage totals.

 

 

 

Parish

 

Members

Served

 

Total Number of Members Without Power

 

Total Number of Members Restored to Date

 

Percentage of Parish Still Out

 

Percentage of Parish Restored

Allen

5509

3528

1981

64%

36%

Beauregard

14943

10685

4258

71%

29%

Calcasieu

12402

11951

451

96%

4%

Evangeline

50

24

26

48%

52%

Jeff Davis

336

325

11

96%

4%

Rapides

1487

1255

232

84%

16%

Vernon

8172

3470

4702

42%

58%

Total

42899

31238

11661

72%

28%

 

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September 10

BECi Makes Steady Progress in Rebuilding Effort

Power restored to 10,000 members

 

DeRidder — Beauregard Electric Cooperative, Inc. (BECi) continues to make steady progress in its effort to rebuild the electric grid in the wake of Hurricane Laura. The co-op has restored power to 10,000 of its 43,000 members. More than 1,200 utility workers from across the nation are assisting in the BECi rebuilding effort.

 

BECi is approaching the final stages of restoration in New Llano, Pickering, Anacoco Lake and Rosepine. To expedite those efforts, the co-op is asking members in those four locations to call 1-800-367-0275 and report continued outages.

 

“Rebuilding our system in the wake of Hurricane Laura is a massive effort involving crews from as far away as Tennessee,” said BECi General Manager Kevin Turner. “We’ve made steady progress each day, but full restoration will still be weeks away for some of our communities. The outpouring of support and understanding from our community has made a huge difference as we work together to rebuild our system.”

 

BECi is asking consumers to refrain from stopping line crews on the road to ask questions about the restoration process. This can pose significant health and safety issues while also distracting crews from ongoing power restoration efforts.

 

BECi has made repairs to all of its substations – a significant step in the rebuilding process. Rebuilding efforts have been complicated by the severe damage to transmission infrastructure – large metal structures and high-voltage power lines owned by other companies that deliver electricity from power plants to BECi substations. Once BECi has rebuilt local power lines and repaired substations, the power won’t come back to local communities until other companies are able to rebuild the damaged transmission infrastructure.

 

“The 1,200 line workers who are working from dawn to dusk are a key reason for our progress so far. So too are the hundreds of office staff, warehouse workers and customer service representatives who are working alongside them to coordinate operations and logistics. ,” BECi spokesperson Danielle Tilley said. “This rebuilding effort is unlike any I’ve ever seen, and puts new meaning behind the phrase ‘all hands on deck.’”

 

Safety is always the top priority in any restoration effort. Given the COVID-19 pandemic, crews are following additional protocols designed to keep them safe and healthy. These protocols add an additional layer of complexity to the restoration process. Members are urged not to approach crews and to remember the importance of social distancing so these mission-essential workers can continue to work safely.

 

As of September 10, 10:00 AM, here are the current outage totals.

 

 

 

Parish

 

Members

Served

 

Total Number of Members Without Power

 

Total Number of Members Restored to Date

 

Percentage of Parish Still Out

 

Percentage of Parish Restored

Allen

5509

3307

2202

60%

40%

Beauregard

14943

11676

3267

78%

22%

Calcasieu

12402

12325

77

99%

1%

Evangeline

50

24

26

48%

52%

Jeff Davis

336

325

11

96%

4%

Rapides

1487

1253

234

84%

16%

Vernon

8172

3574

4598

40%

60%

Total

42899

32484

10415

75%

25%

 

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September 9

BECi Reaches Restoration Milestone

1,100 linemen work to repair 5,700 miles of line

DeRidder— Fourteen days after Hurricane Laura destroyed BECi’s distribution infrastructure, the co-op reaches a restoration milestone with over 10,000 meters restored. On September 8, 2020, BECi with the help of 1,100 linemen and 600 pieces of equipment restored power to 1,200 meters.

“Our outage numbers continue to drop every day,” said General Manager Kevin Turner. “We want to reassure our members that we are working as quickly and as safely as we can.”

BECi has energized substations in Anacoco Lake, DeRidder, Dry Creek, Elizabeth, Kinder, Merryville, New Llano, Oberlin, Pickering, Pitkin, Rapides and Sugartown. Crews are working in every area of BECi’s service territory to repair circuit lines. After these lines are repaired, crews will begin to work on service and tap lines to individual homes.

BECi reminds members that communicating or stopping line crews to ask questions only slows down the restoration process.

“Our linemen have felt the outpouring of support and southern hospitality from our members and we are very thankful for that,” said BECi spokesperson Danielle Tilley. “But if a linemen takes ten minutes to explain restoration to six different people, that is one hour longer our members are going to have to wait to get their power restored, and those hours add up.”

As of September 9, 2020, 2:00 PM, here are the current outage totals.

 

 

Parish

 

Members

Served

 

Total Number of Members Without Power

 

Total Number of Members Restored to Date

 

Percentage of Parish Still Out

 

Percentage of Parish Restored

Allen

5509

3680

1829

66%

34%

Beauregard

14943

11794

3149

78%

22%

Calcasieu

12402

12325

77

99%

1%

Evangeline

50

25

25

50%

50%

Jeff Davis

336

233

103

69%

31%

Rapides

1487

1168

319

78%

22%

Vernon

8172

2833

5339

34%

66%

Total

42899

32058

10841

74%

26%

 


September 8

Here is an explanation of BECi’s restoration plan. We hope this will answer many of our member’s questions as to why they don’t have power, despite others in their community being restored.

The first step in power restoration is to make repairs to substations. All of our substations were repaired a few days ago. In order to energize each substation, we depend on our power provider’s transmission lines. These transmission lines energize the power grid throughout Central and Southwest Louisiana. These transmission lines were severely damaged after Hurricane Laura. Some substations have been reenergized while others have not.

While waiting for our substations to be reenergized, line crews work on circuit lines. Circuit lines carry high voltage power from the substations to homes and businesses. All members receive power from circuit lines and hundreds of members are connected directly to a circuit line. Circuit lines usually have three wires on the top, and one wire below. You will see these lines along most major highways. These lines are repaired and energized first. A large number of members in your community will receive power because they are connected directly to these circuit lines and have no damage to the line connected directly to their house. This step will restore power to many members in a community.

Next, linemen will work on a service line. A service line usually only has one line on the pole. These lines usually go down smaller roads or through fields, pastures, or wooded areas. Service lines bring electricity from the circuit lines to members who live off the main highway. Service lines only bring power to a few homes. In some cases, a service line may only bring power to one home. If a member has no damage to the lines at their home, they will receive power when the service lines are repaired and energized. This step will restore power to a few members who remain without power in the community.

Finally, linemen will work on tap lines. A tap line is the line that connects directly from the transformer on a service line to your home. If you have a tree on your tap line or damage to a meter, weather head or meter pole, this is the step when those damages will be repaired. This step will restore power to a handful of people in a community.

If you do not have power while others in your community do, it is mostly likely due to damage on your service or tap line. This may extend your outage by several days, however this as a good indicator that you are one step closer to having power restored.

We hope that this will answer many of our members’ questions. We have a crew working on every circuit line in our system. In the DeRidder, Elizabeth, Kinder, Rosepine, Merryville, New Llano, Oberlin, Pickering, Pitkin, Rapides and Sugartown area, crews are finishing work on the circuit lines and have begun working on the service and tap lines. In the Buhler, Dry Creek and DeQuincy area, crews are working to repair circuit lines. In the Gillis, Moss Bluff, Ragley, Longville, and Sulphur area, power restoration will be dependent upon our power providers making repairs to large transmission lines that supply power to the power grid in Southwest Louisiana and to BECi substations. Despite that, crews are working to repair circuit lines in preparation for when transmission lines begin to supply power to our lines in this area.

 


September 7

BECi Restores Power to 8,900 Members

1,100 linemen work to repair 5,700 miles of line

 

DeRidder— Thirteen days after Hurricane Laura destroyed BECi’s distribution infrastructure, over 8,900 meters have been restored.

BECi’s power providers have made repairs to transmission lines allowing the co-op to energize 12 of its 22 substations and 35 of its 63 distribution lines. Substations in New Llano, DeRidder, Elizabeth, Kinder, Rosepine, Merryville, Oberlin, Pitkin, Pickering, Rapides and Sugartown have been energized.

Crews continue to make repairs to service and tap lines feeding individual homes to restore power to all members in these areas. Right-of-way and construction crews continue to cut trees and replace transmission lines in Longville, Ragley, Moss Bluff and Sulphur.

Full restoration is estimated to take at least three weeks. Some members may be out longer depending on the damage in their area.  

As of September 7, 2020, 2:00 PM, here are the current outage totals.

 

 

Parish

 

Members

Served

 

Total Number of Members Without Power

 

Total Number of Members Restored to Date

 

Percentage of Parish Still Out

 

Percentage of Parish Restored

Allen

5509

4655

854

84%

16%

Beauregard

14943

12464

2479

83%

17%

Calcasieu

12402

12325

77

99%

1%

Evangeline

50

25

25

50%

50%

Jeff Davis

336

307

29

91%

9%

Rapides

1487

1275

212

85%

15%

Vernon

8172

2861

5311

35%

65%

Total

42899

33912

8987

79%

21%

September 6

BECi Restores Power to 1,300 Members Overnight

1,100 linemen work to repair 5,700 miles of line

DeRidder— Ten days after Hurricane Laura destroyed BECi’s distribution infrastructure, over 6,000 meters have been restored. On Saturday, September 5, linemen worked to restore power to 1,300 meters, the biggest gain so far in the co-op’s restoration efforts.

“This pace of recovery would not be possible without the 1,100 additional linemen we have helping us,” said General Manager Kevin Turner. “We are thankful for these guys who traveled all this way. They are out there battling this Louisiana heat and humidity, spending time away from their families, working as quickly and as safely as they can to restore power to our members.”

In addition to linemen, the co-op has 60 customer service representatives and support staff to answer phones, cook meals, and coordinate logistics to support the mission of restoring power to 43,000 members.

            “We understand that this is a difficult time for our community,” said BECi spokesperson Danielle Tilley. “Our members have suffered catastrophic damage to their homes and businesses and restoring electricity goes a long way to restoring a sense of normalcy. We know how important that is and we’re working hard to make that happen.”

As of September 6, 2020, 2:00 PM, here are the current outage totals.

 

 

Parish

 

Members

Served

 

Total Number of Members Without Power

 

Total Number of Members Restored to Date

 

Percentage of Parish Still Out

 

Percentage of Parish Restored

Allen

5509

4188

1321

76%

24%

Beauregard

14943

13129

1814

87%

13%

Calcasieu

12402

12325

77

99%

1%

Evangeline

50

24

26

48%

52%

Jeff Davis

336

294

42

87%

13%

Rapides

1487

1402

85

94%

6%

Vernon

8172

4576

3596

55%

45%

Total

42899

35938

6951

83%

17%

 

 


September 5

BECi Crews Battle the Elements for Power Restoration
1,100 utility workers dedicated to full restoration

DeRidder— Roughly one week after Hurricane Laura’s historic landfall, Beauregard Electric Cooperative, Inc. (BECi) continues its rebuilding efforts.
Hurricane Laura’s Category 4 winds caused a BECi system-wide outage when the storm made landfall. Assisted by 1,100 utility workers from nearly 12 states, the co-op has since restored power to roughly 5,100 of its 43,000 members in the New Llano, Pickering, Merryville, DeRidder and Oberlin areas. Full power restoration to all BECi members is expected to take an additional three weeks.
“The effort required to recover from this storm will be a marathon, not a sprint,” said BECi General Manager Kevin Turner. “But the pace of this restoration would not be possible without all of the help we are receiving from other co-ops and contractors. These linemen are working in the heat and battling the elements to get power back on to all of our members.”
BECi is repairing damage to distribution and service lines while its power providers work to rebuild transmission lines that feed BECi substations.
“We know no one wants to be without power,” BECi spokesperson Danielle Tilley said. “Most of our employees don’t have power at their own homes – if they even have a home to go back to. Despite those personal challenges, our entire team is focused on helping the community recover by making daily progress to get the lights back on as soon as possible.”

As of September 5, 2020, 2:00 PM, here are the current outage totals.
Allen Parish - 4,656
Beauregard Parish - 13,796
Calcasieu Parish - 12,325
Evangeline Parish - 24
Jeff Davis Parish - 326
Rapides Parish - 1,402
Vernon Parish - 5,348


September 5

As of 9:00 AM this morning, approximately 5,100 BECi meters have been restored.


September 4

Marathon BECi Rebuilding Effort Continues
1,100 utility workers dedicated to full restoration

DeRidder— Roughly one week after Hurricane Laura’s historic landfall, Beauregard Electric Cooperative, Inc. (BECi) continues its rebuilding efforts.

“The herculean effort required to recover from Hurricane Laura will be a marathon, not a sprint,” said BECi General Manager Kevin Turner. “BECi is working with crews from across the nation to restore power as safely and quickly as possible. We are taking every measure we can to restore electricity to our members. This effort will also require communication and continued patience from our members as we work together to rebuild in the wake of the storm.”

Hurricane Laura’s Category 4 winds caused a BECi system-wide outage when the storm made landfall. Assisted by 1,500 utility workers from nearly 12 states, the co-op has since restored power to roughly 4,000 of its 43,000 members. Full power restoration to all BECi members is expected to take an additional three weeks.

“We know no one wants to be without power,” BECi spokesperson Danielle Tilley said. “Most of our employees don’t have power at their own homes – if they even have a home to go back to. Despite those personal challenges, our entire team is focused on helping the community recover by making daily progress to get the lights back on as soon as possible.”

Rebuilding efforts have been complicated by the severe damage to transmission infrastructure – large metal structures and high-voltage power lines owned by other companies that deliver electricity from power plants to BECi substations. Once BECi has rebuilt local power lines and repaired substations, the power won’t come back to local communities until other companies are able to rebuild the damaged transmission infrastructure.

Safety is always the top priority in any restoration effort. Given the COVID-19 pandemic, crews are following additional protocols designed to keep them safe and healthy. These protocols add an additional layer of complexity to the restoration process. Members are urged not to approach crews and to remember the importance of social distancing so these mission-essential workers can continue to work safely.

All calls and questions regarding the work to rebuild BECi’s system should be directed to the main office in DeRidder:

• To report an outage through our toll-free automated outage reporting system, dial (888) 367-0275.
• To speak to a customer service representative, dial (337) 463-6221 or (800)367-0275.

Additional safety tips include:

• Stay away from downed wires. Always assume they are energized. Contact the co-op to report downed wires or an outage.

• Do not clear any right-of-way to personal property until electric cooperatives clears right-of-way for you. There are numerous life-threatening hazards as well as potential to do more damage to our system. Please wait until your cooperative is available to clear a path for you.

• Do not pile debris near utility equipment.

• Under no circumstances should a meter be removed or pulled. It is illegal to tamper with a meter because it creates other safety hazards.

• Avoid crews working in the street. This will keep you and the crews safe and allow them to work on restoring your power.

As of September 4, 2020, 12:00 PM, here are the current outage totals.

Allen Parish - 4,918
Beauregard Parish - 14,079
Calcasieu Parish - 12,325
Evangeline Parish - 24
Jeff Davis Parish - 326
Rapides Parish - 1,402
Vernon Parish - 6,276


September 4

Under no circumstances should a meter be removed or pulled. It is illegal to tamper with a meter because it creates other safety hazards. If you have pulled or tampered with your meter, it could result in a fatality. Please contact our offices immediately at 1-800-367-0275

Generators should be hooked up properly according to the manufacturers recommendations by a licensed electrician with a switch that isolates the utility from the consumers generator. #HurricaneLaura


September 3

Beauregard Electric Cooperative, Inc. Gains Ground in the Pace of Restoration

As of Wednesday, September 2, 2020, Beauregard Electric Cooperative, Inc. (BECi) has restored power to five of its 22 substations that includes nine of its 62 circuits in the northern portion of its seven-parish service territory, including nearly 2,000 meters. Not everyone on those circuits have been energized as crews continue to repair distribution lines.

“We have always referred to Hurricane Rita as the worst storm our cooperative has ever faced. But the damage to our infrastructure after Hurricane Laura surpasses that by three-fold,” states Kevin Turner, general manager.

Beauregard Electric’s service area is primarily rural, with an average of fewer than nine meters per mile of power line. In some cases, crews must build several miles of power line to restore service to only a few accounts. “We appreciate our members’ patience and hope they realize we are rebuilding as quickly and safely as we can,” added Turner.

In the past week more than 800 utility linemen have rushed to this area to help Beauregard Electric restore power. The men have come from electric co-ops in more than a dozen states ranging from Georgia to Ohio. Electric cooperatives are linked by a network of mutual assistance pacts, allowing for the speedy transfer of men, women and material in the event of a natural disaster. Once on the ground, co-op crews acclimate quickly. The co-op network makes up nearly half of the nation’s distribution infrastructure and is all built to federal standards. That continuity of design means that a crew from Ohio knows exactly how the Louisiana co-ops system is engineered and can begin work immediately.

BECi urges members to stay away from downed power lines, observe generator safety instructions and watch for utility workers on the job along roadways. If you see utility crews working, please refrain from slowing them down by stopping to ask questions.


September 2

Our linemen from out of state are getting a small taste of true Louisiana hospitality. We thank our members for their support and patience. We are working as quickly and safely as we can to get power back on. Below is a list of the co-ops and contractors that are here to help us and there are more on the way.

Association of Missouri Electric Cooperatives – Missouri
Baldwin EMC – Alabama
Barry Electric Co-op – Missouri
Black River Electric Co-op – South Carolina
Boone Electric Co-op – Missouri
Callaway Electric Co-op – Missouri
Canadian Valley Electric Co-op – Oklahoma
CA-PAR – Louisiana
Central Missouri Electric Co-op – Missouri
Cimarron Electric Co-op – Oklahoma
Clarke Washington EMC – Alabama
CO-MO Electric – Missouri
Consolidated Electric Cooperative – Missouri
Covington Electric Cooperative – Alabama
Crawford Electric – Missouri
Cullman Electric – Alabama
DEMCO – Louisiana
Echo Powerlines – Louisiana
Gascosage Electric Cooperative – Missouri
Georgia Right of Way – Georgia
Howell Oregon Electric Cooperative – Missouri
Joe Wheeler EMC – Alabama
Kay Electric Co-op – Oklahoma
Laclede Electric Co-op – Missouri
Lewis Country REC – Missouri
Line Tech – Louisiana
Macon Electric Co-op – Missouri
Marshall DeKalb Electric Co-op – Alabama
New-Mac Electric Co-op – Missouri
Northeast Electric Co-op – Oklahoma
Osage Electric – Missouri
Ozark Electric – Missouri
Pea River Electric Co-op – Alabama
Pemiscot Dunklin EC – Missouri
Pike – Georgia
Pioneer Electric Co-op – Alabama
Platte Clay Electric Co-op – Missouri
Sac Osage Electric Co-op – Missouri
SMECO Electric Co-op – Missouri
Shelton Energy – Louisiana
SLECA – Louisiana
South Alabama EC – Alabama
Southern Pine – Alabama
Thayer Power – Ohio
Sparks Unified – Alabama
Tallapoosa River Electric Co-op – Alabama
Three Rivers Co-op – Missouri
Tombigbee Co-op – Alabama
Tri County Electric Co-op – Missouri
United Electric – Missouri
Volt Power – Texas/Louisiana
West Central – Missouri
Wire Grass – Alabama


September 2 

The communication network between our meters and the outage map is still in the process of being repaired. To see if your power is restored, you will have to check, or have someone else check, your home. We will let our members know when our map is up and running again.

September 2

We have been able to re-energize substations in our northern and eastern service territory. Substations in east Leesville, New Llano, Pickering, Ludington and Oberlin area have been re-energized. While a number of members in these areas have been restored, others may not depending on the damage to their specific distribution or tap lines. To learn more about BECi’s restoration plan and the difference between substations, distribution and tap lines, take a look at the graphic in the status below. Rest assured that we will continue to work as quickly and safely as possible to restore power to all of our members.


August 31 - 3:30 PM

To alleviate any confusion during an already stressful time for everyone involved, BECi has collaborated with our data processing vendor to disable all notifications sent from our system.

Beginning Monday, August 31, 2020, BECi members will no longer receive any notifications via emails or text messaging regarding their bill until further notice.

BECi is not charging late fees and has taken the steps to disable automated billing calls as well.

Please be patient as our entire company works to clear areas, repair damaged infrastructure, and restore power to our members. And please know we are not charging anyone for the time they are without power.

We will continue to monitor the ever-evolving situation and make decisions as necessary always with the best interest of our members in mind. We greatly appreciate your patience during this time and apologize for any unintended inconvenience.


August 31 - 12:00 PM

Currently, we have 500 linemen working to restore power, with more crews on the way. Another tent city has been constructed to house, feed and provide laundry services for our linemen. Crews continue to repair our transmission lines, cut trees, reset poles and pickup lines.

The phones at BECi are up and running again with the help of Central Electric Membership Cooperative in Sanford, North Carolina. You can call 1-800-367-0275 to speak to a customer service representative.

We still anticipate that members will be without power for at least 4 weeks. Remember, these are just estimates and some members may be without power for longer depending on the damage in their area.

The following are the number of meters without power in each parish:

Allen Parish – 5,517
Beauregard Parish – 15,167
Calcasieu Parish – 12,321
Evangeline – 48
Jeff Davis – 326
Rapides – 1,402
Vernon - 8,133


August 30 - 3:30 PM

BECi continues to rebuild its infrastructure after its service area took a direct hit from Hurricane Laura. BECi substations are currently being inspected and repaired as well as more than 80 damaged transmission poles and hundreds of distribution poles.

BECi is following standard practice in repairing and energizing its lines. Substations and transmission lines will be repaired first and then service lines. All BECi substations are served by large transmission lines that are powered by other utility companies, who are working diligently to repair damage. BECi substations will not be able to receive power until these large transmission lines are functioning again.

Crews continue to cut trees, reset poles and make repairs on more than 5,700 miles of line. BECi still anticipates that members will be without power for at least 4-5 weeks. This is only an estimate and some members will be without power longer depending on the damage in their area.

 


August 29 

With the level of extensive damage, we estimate that it will be at least 4 weeks before power is restored. Please make note that this is an estimate. Members could be without power for longer depending on the damage in their area. Our transmission lines were assessed by helicopter and reports indicate that damage is extensive. We are currently setting up our tent city at the Beauregard Parish Airport, where additional crews will be housed. Right now we have 330 additional linemen with boots on the ground assisting our crews. Another 120 men will arrive tomorrow and there are many more to follow. All of our linemen are currently cutting trees, picking up wire, setting new poles, clearing lines from public highways and private driveways.


August 28 

NOTICE: For those on PowerPay, our data system has been corrected. The incorrect usage will be credited to future usage. We apologize for the inconvenience.


August 28 

AT&T is currently working to restore landline communication in our area as a result of damage sustained in Hurricane Laura. Our IT department has been working to reroute our communication system so that we can start taking members phone calls. We anticipate that by 8:00 AM today that members will be able to call our office. Please be patient. If you receive a busy signal, try again later. If you need to report your outage, damaged poles or downed lines, you can temporarily do so by sending us a direct message on Facebook. Please be sure to include your service address. Remember, if you are in an emergency situation, please call 911.


August 27

The restoration process is already underway. We have significant damage to our infrastructure and ALL of our 43,000 members are without power. Our employees who worked during Hurricane Rita have said the damage from Hurricane Laura is much worst. We know that our members, employees and communities have suffered tremendous damage to their homes and businesses and we know that you are anxious and ready to get back to normal - we are, too. Additional crews are already here and help continues to come in from all over the country. We won’t stop working until all power is restored, but at the moment we do not know when that will be. We will update our members on specifics as they become available.


August 27

9:30 AM update: Now some major highways have been cleared of trees and debris, our damage assessment teams are in the field – a key first step in the power restoration process. Initial reports indicate that our system sustained significant damage from the storm, resulting in a system-wide power outage across the BECI service area.

Because communication towers and phone lines remain down across the region, we’re experiencing an issue with an outage reporting hotline. Members will not be able to report an outage via phone until the local phone providers make repairs to their system. If you are experiencing a life-threatening emergency, please call 911. Otherwise, please remain patient as we work to get things back up and running.

As our initial damage assessment is completed, we’ll develop a power restoration roadmap and will begin providing estimated restoration times for certain locations. Prior to Laura's landfall BECi called on crews across the country who stand ready to support this recovery. As conditions allow, we’ll work around the clock to restore power as soon as possible.


As Hurricane Laura tracks closer to SWLA Louisiana, BECi encourages our members to hunker down and prepare for impact. With Hurricane Rita at the forefront of our memories, our members can rest assured that we have been preparing all week for widespread power outages that are almost certain to affect our members. Our linemen, customer service representatives and support staff are prepared and ready. Additional crew and personnel are staged and ready to roll. Once the storm has passed and it is safe to do so, we will begin to assess the damage and work as quickly and safety as possible to restore power. While no one can say with any certainty the impact this hurricane will bring, we know that we have done this before and we are ready to do it again.
With that in mind, we want to remind our members of a few things:

1. Stay safe. Hunker down and remain indoors until the storm has passed. Please keep the roadways clear after the storm for first responders and utility crews. If you see a downed power line, keep your distance and do not touch it. Carefully read your generator’s safety manuals and be sure it is connected and ventilated properly.

2. Remember that the COVID-19 virus did not go away with the hurricane. Continue to practice social distancing and keep your distance from BECi and contractor crews while they are working in the area.

3. Outage information will be posted regularly to our Facebook page and website at www.beci.org.

4. Do not report your outage through Facebook messenger. Our Facebook page is not monitored 24 hours and is not the proper channel of communication to the co-op. Please call 1-800-367-0275 to report your outage or speak to a customer service representative.

5. Remember that crews will not begin the restoration process until after the storm has passed. Please make preparations to be without power as the storm makes landfall. Our system is designed to alert dispatchers of your outage.

6. It is always better to air on the side of caution so we ask that members be prepared to be without power for multiple days.

7. If you need power for medical equipment or oxygen have a back-up plan.

8. Remain patient. 2020 has been a difficult year without the challenge of a hurricane. Remember to be patient with your neighbors and those who are on the front lines working hard to restore normalcy.

To view BECi’s outage map, please visit www.becioutage.org or call 1-800-367-0275.