4-County Electric Crews Head to Florida

Posted September 14, 2017

They headed out Sunday and were joined by linemen from Meeker, MN Valley - Jordan, Stearns, Todd-Wadena & Lake Region electric co-ops, all Minnesota Touchstone Energy cooperatives.

Power crews from around the state of Alabama are gearing up to travel to Florida to assist in recovery efforts following Hurricane Irma. "Alabama's cooperatives are always willing to help our fellow cooperatives when there is a need".

The Kandiyohi Power Cooperative has also offered to provide assistance in the wake of Hurricane Irma.

On Tuesday, the Department of Homeland Security said about 15 million people were still without power.

"Indiana's electric cooperatives take care of needs at home first, but our crews are eager to help those in need", Strantz said. The Florida cooperative serves an area along the Georgia border in the north-central area of the state.

Earlier the Missouri crews were committed to two cooperatives in South Carolina, Berkeley and Palmetto electric cooperatives. Electric co-ops in Louisiana and MS have returned the favor, helping Missouri electric cooperatives restore power after the ice storms of 2007 and 2009.

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

Tennessee has several other requests for mutual aid, but officials are holding off on sending additional crews until they know how Irma impacts Tennessee. Its emergency assistance program began in 1948.