Grand Isle Power Restoration Efforts
Our equipment has helped restore power to Grand Isle after storms for many years. Grand Isle in Jefferson Parish is still without power after Hurricane Zeta according to Entergy. Zeta made landfall as a strong Category 2 Hurricane on Wednesday, October 28 near Cocodrie in Terrebonne Parish. Now, days after the storm, crews are still working to restore power to some areas including Grand Isle. Zeta brought powerful winds to much of the southeast. The storm caused widespread damage to the area including toppled trees and power poles and ripped off roofs.
Grand Isle The First Line Of Defense
Grand Isle is located on a narrow barrier Island in the Gulf of Mexico at the mouth of Barataria Bay. It is part of a chain of barrier islands that help protect Louisiana against storm surges. These barrier islands are the state’s first line of defense. Grand Island is known for its world-class fishing and birding habitat, Louisiana’s only inhabited barrier island offers miles of beaches and boundless wildlife.
Due to its location, Grand Isle has been repeatedly pummeled by hurricanes throughout its history. Experts say the area has been affected by tropical storms or hurricanes every 2.68 years, with direct hits on average every 7.88 years. Hurricane Zeta made a direct hit on Grand Isle. What’s worse, waves associated with the Category 2 hurricane broke the levee, built to protect the area in at least seven spots. The levee had been severely damaged by Cristobal, a relatively weak tropical storm that hit the area in June. The levee dubbed the “burrito” is made of sand and has a wrapped tube of clay. The Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority estimates the levee’s emergency repairs could be finished sometime before January.
Wilco Marsh Buggies specializes in amphibious equipment and vehicles which are essential for repair work in soft terrain areas. Each of our amphibious vehicles is designed with the highest standard of craftsmanship and is unparalleled in the industry. Our hand built equipment is manufactured in Harvey and Lafayette, Louisiana. Each element of the Wilco soft terrain vehicle is crafted according to strict engineering specifications, making every model a trusted piece of equipment. Learn more about the benefits of amphibious vehicles during flooding events – HERE.