Preparing for Katrina

By: Kelly Sparks
By: Kelly Sparks

Local utility companies say they have received calls from Mississippi, Alabama and Louisiana, but before workers leave town to assist them, they have to first wait and see what destruction Katrina does to our area. So, you don’t get left in the dark.

Local utility companies are reviewing their emergency response plans and preparing for the remnants of Hurricane Katrina.

"Have crews on standby 24-7 so if anything happens we are prepared and ready to go," Bowling Green Municipal Utilities Manager, Miles McDaniel said.

Thanks to advanced warning our local electric companies are bracing for the possibilities of what Katrina could leave behind.

"Not just from the rain, but from the wind that comes with it, they’re projecting 40 mile per hour winds," Warren RECC Vice-President of Operations, Mike Eastridge said.

To make sure no one is left in the dark, utility trucks are fully loaded with gas and equipment and are ready to go at a moment’s notice.

If and when a power outage happens in your area, officials say they first begin fixing the lines that serve the most people.

Both Bowling Green Municipal Utilities and Warren RECC have helped several cities in the past recuperate after hurricanes and hope they can help again. But before they send their workers south, their responsibility lies with their customers first.

"But we also want to be good neighbors cause they’re going to need the help," Mike Eastridge said.

Warren RECC serves portions of eight counties and has more than 54,000 customers, while BGMU serves just under 26,000.

If a power outage happens in your area and you live in the Bowling Green City limits call (270) 782-4302 or if you live in Warren RECC’s district their phone number is (270) 842-6541.


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