Minn. rural electric cooperatives assist Florida recovery

Electric crews from Arkansas to assist in recovery efforts in Florida, South Carolina
Tenn. electrical workers will help restore Florida power
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14 September, 2017

Twelve members of the state's Electric Cooperatives of SC association reported 7,560 outages around SC.

Wisconsin Electric Co-ops Helping with Florida ReliefWisconsin Ag Connection - 09/13/2017Volunteer line crews from 18 Wisconsin electric cooperatives are joining in Florida's massive recovery effort this week.

They will join another 300 tree contractors who were already in Florida where they have begun the preliminary work of removing trees and debris ahead of the arrival of line crews. Officials said 154 linemen from 26 systems made the trip beginning Tuesday to hurricane-torn state. A second crew is standing by to relief them, if needed.

According to Trent Scott, spokesperson for the Tennessee Electric Cooperative Association, a crew of nine workers from Plateau Electric Cooperative left Oneida this morning to head for Georgia to spend the night.

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"Cooperation among cooperatives is a guiding principle, and Intercounty is excited to be able to help those in need".

The Kandiyohi Power Cooperative has also offered to provide assistance in the wake of Hurricane Irma. A fuel tanker truck from Central Electric Power Cooperative, Jefferson City, will accompany the group headed to Florida to avoid potential shortages en route. They are meeting up with Clay Electric Co-op which has nearly 153,000 customers without service because of the storm.

Missouri Electric Cooperatives will be split between Georgia and Florida locations.


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