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Posted on: August 25, 2020

City answers call for mutual aid, as Hurricane Laura approaches Gulf Coast

Electric Department August 2020

With Hurricane Laura (soon forecast to become a major hurricane) preparing to hit Louisiana and Texas, the call for help has already gone out.

With the storm expected to wreak havoc on electrical systems in both states, 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 Hannibal and Macon.

Hurricane Laura is expected to make landfall early Thursday morning near the Louisiana, Texas border. The storm is then forecast to push up through eastern Texas and west-central Louisiana, and all the way into northern Arkansas.

If Laura were to reach major hurricane status, at least a category 3 storm, it would produce wind speeds over 110 miles per hour.

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