Wisconsin Electric Co-ops Helping with Florida Relief

Irma knocks out power to more than 33000 in South Carolina

Irma knocks out power to more than 33000 in South Carolina

Early Monday morning, the Electric Cooperatives of Arkansas dispatched several crews to help the recovery efforts in Florida and SC.

However, Irma's westward shift focused the pre-storm preparation to Georgia and Florida, where millions of people are without electricity.

Black Warrior Electric Membership Corporation in Demopolis is one of the cooperatives sending help and manpower to the Sunshine State.

"Cooperation among cooperatives is a guiding principle, and Intercounty is excited to be able to help those in need". The Florida cooperative serves an area along the Georgia border in the north-central area of the state. Scott Froemming, CEO, said the cooperative is working with the Minnesota Rural Electric Association on providing assistance.

Crews are expected to be gone up to two weeks, according to information from Meeker Cooperative.

Nearly 4.5 million without power in Florida
With a 3.25 day lifetime as a Category 5, Irma tied an unnamed 1932 Cuba hurricane for the longest lifetime as a Category 5. Images captured by a drone show damage in the aftermath of Hurricane Irma making landfall in Naples , Fla., Sept. 10, 2017.

The City of Troy and the City of Evergreen have also sent crews to help with Irma power restoration efforts in the city of Green Cove Springs, FL.

"Indiana's electric cooperatives take care of needs at home first, but our crews are eager to help those in need", Strantz said.

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

"In addition, five other crews are on standby to be sent to Florida or Georgia, as they are needed or requested".

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. Its emergency assistance program began in 1948.

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