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Minn. rural electric cooperatives assist Florida recovery

Minn. rural electric cooperatives assist Florida recovery”

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

Electric co-ops in Louisiana and MS have also returned help in Missouri, helping to restore power after ice storms in 2007 and 2009.

Twelve members of the state's Electric Cooperatives of SC association reported 7,560 outages around SC.

For the thousands of customers without power in SC in the wake of Irma, help is on the way.

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Crews from the Central Virginia Electric Cooperative are headed out to help the Habersham Electric Membership Corporation in Clarkesville, Georgia.

Initial reports from the area indicate the damage seems to be a large number of downed power lines.

Clay Electric serves 170,000 members in 14 North Florida counties.

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

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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.

From the Rappahannock Electric Cooperative, crews will be helping the Edisto Electric Cooperative of Bamberg, South Carolina.

"In addition, five other crews are on standby to be sent to Florida or Georgia, as they are needed or requested", said Fred Braswell, president, and CEO of the Alabama Rural Electric Association, which represents Alabama's 22 electric cooperatives. The first hurricane they responded to was in 2004, when Hurricane Ivan hit the Gulf Coast. Electric co-ops in Louisiana and MS have returned the favor, helping Missouri electric cooperatives restore power after the ice storms of 2007 and 2009.

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