Forty-two crews totaling 170 men from all but three of Alabama’s 22 electric cooperatives traveled to Mississippi and Louisiana over Labor Day weekend to help restore power to areas affected by Hurricane Isaac. Crews from Baldwin EMC, Black Warrior EMC, Clarke-Washington EMC, Covington, Marshall-Dekalb, Pioneer, Joe Wheeler EMC, Pea River, Sand Mountain, Coosa Valley, Tallapoosa River, Southern Pine, South Alabama, Cullman, Central Alabama, Tombigbee, Wiregrass, Cherokee and Dixie electric cooperatives were involved in the restoration effort. Co-ops in Mississippi and Louisiana were grateful for the help. “Our system, located across 12 counties in the rural wooded areas of south central Mississippi, received continuous rain and wind for nearly three days during the storm,” says Randy Wallace, general manager at the Pearl River Valley Electric Power Association in Columbia, Miss. “As you can well imagine, that made the job of clearing trees and restringing lines uncomfortable and dangerous.” Yet Alabama’s crews “arrived in the midst of the bad weather and pitched right in,” he adds. “Their professionalism and hard work under difficult conditions reflect the true spirit of cooperation and mutual aid.” “Your cooperative crews helped our Louisiana electric cooperatives restore power to over 125,000 homes and businesses that lost electric service as a result of the storm.” said Randall Pierce, CEO of the Association of Lousiana Cooperatives. “Each time we experience an event like Hurricane Isaac, I am reminded of how grateful I am to work in an industry where sister cooperatives rush to the aid of those who have been damaged by such a storm. There are not adequate words to properly express our deep gratitude to you.”
Photo by Ron Stewart, Electric Power Associations of Mississippi.
Co-ops glad to help fellow crews during hurricane-related outages
Crews were faced with many issues like broken poles and high water levels while working to restore power in Mississippi and Louisiana.
PhotoS by James Thomas, AREA.
10 october 2012