Cullman Electric Coop Lineman Deploy To Florida Tackling Hurricane Irma Repairs

Sep 14, 2017, 01:00
Cullman Electric Coop Lineman Deploy To Florida Tackling Hurricane Irma Repairs

A total of 200 personnel are on their way from Alabama to help their fellow cooperatives in areas affected by the hurricane which left more than 75 percent of Floridians without electricity.

Employees from Dominion Energy and several electric cooperatives across Virginia are heading south to help with recovery efforts in the wake of Hurricane Irma.

"Our crews are always prepared for when bad weather hits, but hurricanes and tropical storms are a special challenge", says Terry Barr, president of the Black Warrior Electric Board of Trustees.

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The organization's release says line crews from any USA electric cooperative can join the effort because the network of transmission and distribution infrastructure owned by cooperatives is built to federal standards. "Remaining crews at the co-op are more than capable of maintaining members' reliable service throughout Intercounty's territory during the absence of these six linemen", according to a statement late Monday by the cooperative.

Missouri took part in daily conference calls among electric cooperatives that were expected to need help and those that should be out of harm's way.

The City of Troy and the City of Evergreen have also sent crews to help with Irma power restoration efforts in the city of Green Cove Springs, FL.

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Earlier the Missouri crews were committed to two cooperatives in South Carolina, Berkeley and Palmetto electric cooperatives. They are meeting up with Clay Electric Co-op which has nearly 153,000 customers without service because of the storm. "Cooperatives are rooted in core principles that shape our values and organizations, and this opportunity to help is a bright reminder of two values we hold close at PEC: cooperation among cooperatives and concern for community".

More than 6.5 million homes and businesses statewide lost power, and 220,000 people huddled in shelters. Its emergency assistance program began in 1948.

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