Officials share updates on power restoration and other services


NATCHITOCHES – Natchitoches Mayor Ronnie Williams spoke at a joint press conference hosted by the city of Natchitoches and Natchitoches Parish Government Friday at Northwestern State University where officials discussed ongoing hurricane recovery efforts in the region, including the restoration of power and other services.  The press conference took place near a temporary basecamp, visible in the background, where about 800 linemen from around the country are being housed as they work around the clock to restore power to affected areas.  Also joining the press conference were, from left, Col. Ken Baillie, Louisiana National Guard; City of Natchitoches Fire Chief John Wynn, Natchitoches Parish President John Richmond, Natchitoches Police Chief Mickey Dove, Louisiana Public Service Commissioner Foster Campbell, SWEPCO President Malcom Smoak and NSU’s Director of University Affairs Jennifer Kelly.