Irma knocks out power to more than 33000 in SC

Irma knocks out power to more than 33000 in SC

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Crews from 15 of Alabama's rural electric cooperatives are also being sent to help five Florida electric cooperatives with power restoration.

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

They are among about 60 linemen from Indiana's electric cooperatives, including two crews from Heartland REMC, who will spend the next two weeks working to restore power to Irma-ravaged areas. "Alabama's cooperatives are always willing to help our fellow cooperatives when there is a need". Crews will arrive in the damaged areas on Tuesday.

Suwannee Valley Electric, where the MN crews are headed, now has 22,000 of their 25,000 members out of power.

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Earlier the Missouri crews were committed to two cooperatives in South Carolina, Berkeley and Palmetto electric cooperatives.

"Indiana's electric cooperatives take care of needs at home first, but our crews are eager to help those in need", Strantz said. Offers of assistance came from electric cooperatives as far away as New Hampshire, Vermont and South Dakota. The Okefenoke Rural Electric Membership Corporation along the Florida-Georgia line reported that 95 percent of its electric system was knocked out by the storm.

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

Missouri Electric Cooperatives will be split between Georgia and Florida locations. Its emergency assistance program began in 1948.

  • Kyle Warner