Alabama electric cooperatives helping restore power in Florida

Kelley Robertson
September 14, 2017

The cooperative is sending 145 linemen to the two states.

It was only a few years ago when electric cooperative crews from the Southeast and nearby states helped restore power to our members after Hurricane Isabel.

However, Irma's westward shift focused the pre-storm preparation to Georgia and Florida, where millions of people are without electricity.

"Alabama's cooperatives are always willing to help our fellow cooperatives when there is a need", says Fred Braswell, president and CEO of the Alabama Rural Electric Association.

According to Electric Cooperative officials, almost 100,000 electric cooperative consumers were without power on Monday.

But, he said, the crews -who typically serve multiple northeast IN counties, including southern Allen County - like helping storm-torn areas.

When reached Monday morning, Froemming said the local cooperative was waiting for word on where help would be needed.

Earlier the Missouri crews were committed to two cooperatives in South Carolina, Berkeley and Palmetto electric cooperatives.

Clay Electric serves 170,000 members in 14 North Florida counties.

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.

Missouri's electric cooperatives are no strangers to helping out in hurricane zones. The Suwannee Valley Electric Cooperative has requested 23 crews from outside their territory to aid in restoration efforts. The first hurricane they responded to was in 2004, when Hurricane Ivan hit the Gulf Coast. Roughly 785,000 of these are electric co-op outages. Its emergency assistance program began in 1948.

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