Cullman Electric Coop Lineman Deploy To Florida Tackling Hurricane Irma Repairs

Otis Hoffman
September 14, 2017

Hurricane Irma, which weakened into a still-dangerous tropical storm Monday, engulfed almost the entire Florida peninsula, wreaking havoc from the state's southernmost point up to the Georgia line, from the Atlantic coast to the Gulf side.

Despite thousands still experiencing power outages, Tallahassee electric crews did work overnight to restore power to more than 11,000 customers.

Fifteen Iowa electric cooperatives have sent 46 linemen and 26 vehicles to help an electric coop in southeast Georgia restore extensive power outages caused by the hurricane.

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Irma has swamped homes, uprooted massive trees, flooded streets, cast boats ashore, snapped power lines and toppled construction cranes.

Alabama's rural electric cooperatives deliver power to more than one million people, or a quarter of the state's population, and they maintain more than 71,000 miles of power lines.

The task that lies ahead is big, he said, noting downed infrastructure can force crews to start from scratch and build anew.

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Relief crews are coordinated by the Association of Missouri Electric Cooperatives, the statewide service organization for the state's electric cooperatives. Crews will arrive in the damaged areas on Tuesday.

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.

"I'm hoping mid-day, we'll be able to get some assessment crews out as the winds come closer to our threshold", he said, speaking to WFSU.

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But Irma is such a massive storm that tropical- and hurricane-force winds were lashing South Florida throughout Sunday. There are about 20 to 25 construction cranes in the city, according to city officials.

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