KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – Pilot Company has donated a generator to the town of Iowa, Louisiana, in order to provide power at the local water department and restore services to the community.
James Hooper, Pilot Company’s senior project manager of facility services, learned Aug. 28 that the town was having outage issues because of Hurricane Laura and contacted the local police department, offering to provide a generator from the nearby Pilot Travel Center in Haughton, Louisiana.
On Aug. 28, Pilot Company delivered the generator for hookup by the Office of Public Works, and water was restored in Iowa to 3,000-4,000 residents and businesses that previously were without service. Iowa is a town in Calcasieu Parish, part of the greater Lake Charles area, which was hard hit by Hurricane Laura. The town’s regular generator for the well head pumps is damaged and Pilot Company is lending a generator until it can be repaired.
“We know the importance of working together through difficult times,” Pilot Company Chief Operator Jason Nordin said. “The donated generator from our Pilot Travel Center in Haughton, Louisiana, will help restore water to Iowa residents as the city continues to address water outage issues following the impact of Hurricane Laura. Our thoughts and prayers continue to be with the local communities, team members, guests, neighbors and business partners who have been affected by the aftermath of the storm.”
Immediately after Hurricane Laura and once deemed safe, Pilot Company quickly assessed the impact of the storm on its stores and team members across the region and restored power using generators, if needed, to provide critical fuel and supplies across the Gulf Coast. Currently, all Pilot and Flying J travel centers are open and operational with food, supplies, gas and diesel fuel available for professional drivers, emergency crews and the local community.
Pilot Company, one of the leading suppliers of fuel and the largest operator of travel centers in North America, is dedicated to serving professional drivers and local communities, especially during severe weather and after natural disasters like Hurricane Laura.
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