Saturday, 23 September, 2017

Boone Electric Cooperative sends team to help with Irma relief

Electric crews from Arkansas to assist in recovery efforts in Florida, South Carolina Tenn. electrical workers will help restore Florida power
Preston Stone | 13 September, 2017, 03:45

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

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

He says the staging area is in Lake City, Florida and Florida Power and Light is determining where to send the crews.

Hurricane Irma as it approaches Florida.

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

Oil prices slip on demand concerns following USA hurricanes
Another factor influencing the oil market is the Hurricane Irma which has already caused electricity disruption in Florida . Elsewhere, for November delivery on the ICE Futures Exchange in London dropped 30 cents or 0.56% to $53.48 a barrel.

Irma has swamped homes, uprooted massive trees, flooded streets, cast boats ashore, snapped power lines and toppled construction cranes.

The storm left more than 7 million people without power at one point, and Jacobi says it's a big job to get everything repaired."There's a lot of cleanup that has to happen, just restoring wires poles...so this is not going to be an easy quick-fix by any stretch of the imagination", Jacobi says. Once the crews from Georgia are released, they are expected to head to Florida.

"It is a huge commitment for these guys to be leaving their wives and children", he said. Electric cooperatives expect to be working to restore power for days to weeks, according to officials with Dixie Electric. "They take tremendous pride in representing Decatur County REMC and the state of in, and the co-op family".

"We invite you to keep these co-op heroes in your thoughts and prayers", says Callis, "Today they are lacing up their boots, leaving their families and heading to a hard and unsafe environment".

The Indiana electric cooperative mutual aid program is coordinated by Indiana Electric Cooperative's training and safety department.

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