IN 1988 LOUISIANA INSTALLED the Louisiana Damage Prevention Law in order to protect excavators and buried utility lines from damage. This law requires excavators and demolishers to call a regional notification center at least 48 hours before they begin their work. It also requires owner/operators of underground facilities to mark locations or sup- ply information that will enable excavators to locate underground utilities. The program is called Louisiana One Call.The City of Port Allen is a member of this program.
For best results when using Louisiana One Call, it is recommended that the excavators call 1-800-272-3020 or go on line at www.laonecall.com at least 48 hours, excluding weekends and holidays, in advance of digging. When the call is made, the home- owner (or company doing the work) needs to provide the name and telephone number of the person doing the work. It is also necessary to provide the date and time the digging is scheduled to begin, whether the work is within city limits or not, and the address of the work. It is extremely helpful to provide Louisiana One Call with the name and numbers of the nearest intersecting roadway and the distance and direction of the work site from that intersection.
Once the operator has received all pertinent information, Louisiana One Call will notify members with buried lines in the area Í like the City of Port Allen. The city will then go to the work site and mark all buried utility lines in the area. Louisiana One Call hours are 7:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Monday through Friday. So, by calling 1-800-272-3020, at least 48 hours before digging, the homeowner can protect their property, the buried lines, and possibly their life. Besides being the law, it's simple, easy, and FREE. Make the call or log on. http://www.laonecall.com/