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TENNESSEE UTILITY WORKERS HEAD FOR FLORIDA, GEORGIA FOLLOWING HURRICANE IRMA



Volunteer lineworkers from 11 electric cooperatives to participate in
restoration effort following massive hurricane


NASHVILLE – More than 90 electric cooperative lineworkers from
Tennessee are heading to Florida and Georgia to restore power to those
affected by Hurricane Irma.

“Eleven electric cooperatives in Tennessee are sending personnel and
equipment to Florida and Georgia to assist electric cooperatives
impacted by this incredible storm,” said David Callis, executive vice
president and general manager of the Tennessee Electric Cooperative
Association.

Tennessee crews have been making plans since last week, but co-ops were
hesitant to commit crews until the remnants of Hurricane Irma moved
through Tennessee. With the storm passed, some crews have already left
and others are making final preparations to leave for hard-hit Florida
and Georgia. This cooperation is enabled through mutual-aid agreements
among electric cooperatives.

“On more than one occasion our friends from other states have offered
assistance following tornados and ice storms,” says Callis. “We are
glad to repay their kindness. Cooperation is one of the founding
principles of electric cooperatives. It is what makes us different from
other utilities.”

Crews from Tennessee are joining some 5,000 electric cooperative workers
from 25 states who are converging this week on the hurricane’s impact
zone. This represents one of the largest coordinated electric
restoration efforts in history.

“We invite you to keep these co-op heroes in your thoughts and
prayers,” says Callis, “Today they are lacing up their boots,
leaving their families and heading to a difficult and dangerous
environment. Our lineworkers are second-to-none, and we are very proud
of their desire to help those in need.”

 

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