AL power crews to help restoration efforts in FL


The cooperatives are part of a state and national network of hundreds of cooperatives.

"Our thoughts are with Talquin Electric Cooperative and their members as they recover from Hurricane Irma", said Wayne McKee, PEC's vice president of operations.

Relief crews are coordinated by the Association of Missouri Electric Cooperatives, the statewide service organization for the state's electric cooperatives.

Irma has swamped homes, uprooted massive trees, flooded streets, cast boats ashore, snapped power lines and toppled construction cranes. But, Deputy City Manager Reese Goad say for now, crews are sheltering in place and are expected to start working again when it's safe.

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The task that lies ahead is big, he said, noting downed infrastructure can force crews to start from scratch and build anew.

Crews will arrive in the damaged areas on Tuesday.

The same is true at Northeastern REMC, which serves six counties in northeast in, including portions of Allen.

More than 60 Lexington County customers served by Mid-Carolina Electric Cooperative were among those losing power, down from 640 earlier Monday. The Suwannee Valley Electric Cooperative has requested 23 crews from outside their territory to aid in restoration efforts. "They take tremendous pride in representing Decatur County REMC and the state of in, and the co-op family". Once we are in the clear, Scott says they anticipate sending 50 to 100 line workers to assist later in the week.