4-County Electric Crews Head to Florida
- Author: Kara Saunders Sep 14, 2017,
Sep 14, 2017, 1:03
The Florida Electric Cooperatives Association, a statewide trade group, put out a call for help last week in anticipation of the storm.
Some 33,888 households and businesses were reported without power in SC by mid-morning Monday as Hurricane Irma passed to the west of the state.
To help restore power, Dixie Electric in Montgomery is sending two-five person crews to Clay Electric in Florida to assist. "Alabama's cooperatives are always willing to help our fellow cooperatives when there is a need".
"Restoring power after a storm of this magnitude is not easy, and we're happy to offer our crews and resources to help bring electricity back to their community", said Wayne McKee, PEC's vice president of operations, in a statement. "Additional BWEMC crews will swapped out later if needed".
According to Electric Cooperative officials, almost 100,000 electric cooperative consumers were without power on Monday.
Clay Electric serves 170,000 members in 14 North Florida counties.
Crews are expected to be gone up to two weeks, according to information from Meeker Cooperative.
Missouri's electric cooperatives are no strangers to helping out in hurricane zones. They are meeting up with Clay Electric Co-op which has nearly 153,000 customers without service because of the storm. Crews from NNEC and many other electric cooperatives in the Virginia, Maryland & Delaware Association of Electric Cooperatives headed south to aid our sister co-ops in SC and Georgia.