Line workers return from Louisiana

Sunday, October 2, 2005 | 12:00 a.m. CDT; updated 6:36 a.m. CDT, Sunday, July 13, 2008

Nine Columbia Water and Light electric line workers and four trucks dispatched to help restore power in communities affected by Hurricane Rita arrived home Friday. The line workers spent a week restoring power and fixing broken lines in Lafayette and Abbeville, La.

Clad in a blue Water and Light T-shirt with smudges of dirt, line worker Kevin Thorton discussed the experience.

“In Lafayette we stayed in an old abandoned dormitory that looked ready for demolition,” Thorton said.

Thorton was positive about the experience, especially the spicy cajun-style food.

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