Cuivre River linemen to help with Hurricane Irma damage
Cuivre River Electric Cooperative is sending eight linemen to assist in the call for help in the aftermath of Hurricane Irma.
The Cuivre River crews will be among 154 linemen from 26 Missouri cooperatives who will be assisting in power restoration efforts. They will depart Tuesday, Sept. 12.
The Missouri crews will be split among Flint Energies, Reynolds, Ga., GreyStone Power, Douglasville, Ga. and SECO Energy, Sumterville, Fla. When the crews are released from Georgia, they are expected to head to Florida. Their work could extend up to 10 days.
“We are proud of our Cuivre River linemen and those from across the state who are committed in doing their part to help restore power,” said Marvin Peasel, Operations Supervisor. “This is just another example of cooperation among cooperatives, one of the core principles that guide electric cooperatives. We commend our linemen who volunteered and stepped up in a time of need.”
Missouri took part in daily conference calls among electric cooperatives that were expected to need help and those that should be out of harm’s way. Offers of assistance came from electric cooperatives as far away as New Hampshire, Vermont and South Dakota.
Cuivre River Electric will be sending two digger trucks, two bucket trucks, one pickup and one ATV to the affected areas. A fuel tanker truck from Central Electric Power Cooperative, Jefferson City, will accompany the group headed to Florida to avoid potential shortages en route.
Missouri’s electric cooperatives are no strangers to helping out in the hurricane zones.
Show-Me State linemen worked their first hurricane in 2004, when Hurricane Ivan hit the Gulf Coast. In the years that followed, Missouri crews, out of harm’s way, have become a common sight wherever the hurricane zone happened to be. Electric co-ops in Louisiana and Mississippi have returned the favor, helping Missouri electric cooperatives restore power after the ice storms of 2007 and 2009.
Relief crews are coordinated by the Association of Missouri Electric Cooperatives, the statewide service organization for the state’s electric cooperatives. Its emergency assistance program began in 1948.