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Webster Electric crews to help with hurricane recovery

14 September 2017

Electric cooperatives expect to be working to restore power for days to weeks, according to officials with Dixie Electric.

Farmers RECC has dispatched six linemen and essential equipment to assist cooperatives in Georgia with power restoration caused by Hurricane Irma.

Missouri's electric cooperatives have helped out with hurricane relief in the past.

"Cooperation among cooperatives is a guiding principle, and Intercounty is excited to be able to help those in need".

They will join another 300 tree contractors who were already in Florida where they have begun the preliminary work of removing trees and debris ahead of the arrival of line crews. Meanwhile, about two-dozen volunteers are expected to be recruited later for a second trip to the damaged area.

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When reached Monday morning, Froemming said the local cooperative was waiting for word on where help would be needed.

The Kandiyohi Power Cooperative has also offered to provide assistance in the wake of Hurricane Irma.

Earlier the Missouri crews were committed to two cooperatives in South Carolina, Berkeley and Palmetto electric cooperatives. These outage numbers continue to decrease, and highlight the resilience, preparedness and collaboration of electric cooperatives.

More than 6.5 million homes and businesses statewide lost power, and 220,000 people huddled in shelters. The Florida cooperative serves an area along the Georgia border in the north-central area of the state.

Webster Electric crews to help with hurricane recovery