Intercounty linemen leave for Florida for Hurricane Irma help

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"Co-ops from those hard-hit states have aided our members in times of need, and now it's our turn to help get the lights back on for them", said Alan Scruggs, vice president of safety training for the Virginia, Maryland and Delaware Association of Electric Cooperatives.

Two hundred ten linemen from 19 Alabama cooperatives are helping restore power in Florida this week after Hurricane Irma knocked out power to millions of customers.

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. "Additional BWEMC crews will swapped out later if needed".

For the thousands of customers without power in SC in the wake of Irma, help is on the way.

Sunday ratings delayed due to Hurricane Irma
This southwest Florida city was the second place Hurricane Irma made landfall, striking Sunday afternoon as a Category 3 storm. Full restoration of power could take weeks in many areas, FPL said , due to expected damage to the company's system.

PEC crews are scheduled to meet with Talquin Electric Cooperative, headquartered in Quincy, to restore power at a quicker pace over the next several days.

Alabama Power also shifted crews to areas statewide to cope with the more than 20,000 outages at home.

Crews are expected to be gone up to two weeks, according to information from Meeker Cooperative. A fuel tanker truck from Central Electric Power Cooperative, Jefferson City, will accompany the group headed to Florida to avoid potential shortages en route.

Show-Me State linemen worked their first hurricane in 2004, when Hurricane Ivan hit the Gulf Coast. 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.

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