Responding to a request for help from electric cooperatives in the path of Hurricane Irma, 26 Missouri electric cooperatives are sending 154 linemen, which includes eight from Laclede Electric. The Missouri crews plan to leave on Tuesday, September 12th.
They will be split between Flint Energies (Reynolds, Georgia); GreyStone Power (Douglasville, Georgia) and SECO Energy (Sumterville, Florida). When the crews are released from Georgia, they are expected to head to Florida.
“In addition to the eight linemen, LEC is sending two digger-derrick trucks and two bucket trucks to be prepared for anything they may find,” reported Michael Kirkland, Laclede Electric Cooperative’s Manager of Operations. “A fuel tanker truck from Central Electric Power Cooperative, Jefferson City, will accompany the Missouri group to avoid potential shortages during the trip.”
Laclede Electric Cooperative is involved in the mutual aid network and has assisted sister utilities throughout the country in responding to major events, such as hurricanes, tornados and ice storms. “We are pleased to help these systems. Our crews are planning to remain for 10-15 days to assist in the restoration efforts left by Hurricane Irma,” stated CEO/General Manager, Marc Roecker. “It is the least we can do, as we are so appreciative to the many electric cooperatives which assisted us in emergency restoration efforts in the past.”