Cherokee County Electric Crews Travel To Florida To Aid In Hurricane Relief

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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.

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. Electric cooperatives expect to be working to restore power for days to weeks, according to officials with Dixie Electric.

Black Warrior Electric Membership Corporation in Demopolis is one of the cooperatives sending help and manpower to the Sunshine State. "Alabama's cooperatives are always willing to help our fellow cooperatives when there is a need". A fuel tanker truck from Central Electric Power Cooperative, Jefferson City, will accompany the group headed to Florida to avoid potential shortages en route. Offers of assistance came from electric cooperatives as far away as New Hampshire, Vermont and South Dakota.

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Missouri's electric cooperatives are no strangers to helping out in hurricane zones.

On Tuesday morning six two man service crews from the Cherokee Electric Co-op left Centre for Live Oak, Florida to assist crews with Suwannee Valley Electric.

"In addition, five other crews are on standby to be sent to Florida or Georgia, as they are needed or requested", said Fred Braswell, president, and CEO of the Alabama Rural Electric Association, which represents Alabama's 22 electric cooperatives.