Six-man crew working hurricane-ravaged area

By Staff Writer Staff Report LAKE CHARLES, La. — Crews made up of strong, brave, hardworking south Georgia linemen and electrical repair workers remain in Louisiana, giving of their time and talents to help bring back power, water, and some semblance of normalcy to those devastated by the winds and rains of Hurricane Laura. Six Okefenoke Rural Electric Member Corporation linemen headed to Louisiana last week answering the call for help. More than a quarter-million people in the storm-ravaged region are without electricity, including 67,000 co-op members in Louisiana alone. Overall damage estimates in the state are expected to top $12 billion to $16 billion. Michele Hutchins, CCC, marketing manager for Okefenokee Rural Electric Coop, said the men will remain at least 10 days to two weeks.

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