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Posted on: August 25, 2020

[ARCHIVED] City staff return to Alexandria, LA, as Hurricane Delta approaches Gulf Coast

Electric to Alexandria 10-8-20

As the state of Louisiana braces for the impact of another hurricane, public utilities around the country are preparing to send both staff and equipment to help restore electricity to affected areas.

Hurricane Delta currently has 100 mph winds, but it's expected to strengthen into a major hurricane (at least 110 mph winds) – and then possibly weaken again — before hitting land.

With the storm expected to wreak havoc on area electrical systems, the Harrisonville Electric Department will send both staff and equipment to Alexandria, LA, as part of a mutual aid request through the Missouri Public Utility Alliance. 

Staff will ride out the storm with local utility crews and first responders and then quickly get to work, restoring power to those hit hardest by the powerful storm. 

Click here to read a press release about the mutual aid response from the MPUA.

The City of Harrisonville is proud of the sacrifice our staff will be making, as they brave dangerous conditions to meet a vital need for those in the storm’s path. Throughout our history, Harrisonville has always been a community ready and willing to lend a hand when a community is facing hardship. This opportunity to partner with the City of Alexandria is no different.

The lineman sent by the City will be joined in their efforts by staff from the cities of Palmyra, Poplar Bluff and Nixa.

Hurricane Delta is expected to make landfall early Friday morning near the Louisiana, Texas border. The storm is then forecast to push up through the eastern edge of Texas, both west and central Louisiana, and eventually into eastern Arkansas, Mississippi and eastern Tennessee and northwestern Alabama.

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