Melancon announces grant award in Ascension

Staff reports

WASHINGTON – Congressman Charlie Melancon announced Tuesday $23,206,912.03 in federal grants awarded to four parishes, including Ascension.

Dixie Electric Membership Co-op received $5,147,788 in reimbursements for repairs to its electric distribution system in the parish.

This federal grant reimburses DEMCO for repairing electrical components in Ascension Parish that supply power to over 12,000 households and businesses.

Hurricane Gustav damaged more than 3,000 miles of electrical lines in south Louisiana.

DEMCO is the largest electric cooperative in Louisiana in terms of number of meters, serving more than 95,000 members in the seven southeast Louisiana parishes of Ascension, East Baton Rouge, East Feliciana, Livingston, St. Helena, Tangipahoa and West Feliciana.