Wisconsin Electric Co-ops Helping with Florida Relief

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According to Trent Scott, spokesperson for the Tennessee Electric Cooperative Association, a crew of nine workers from Plateau Electric Cooperative left Oneida this morning to head for Georgia to spend the night.

The Licking-based cooperative said six linemen will assist in clean up and restoration efforts. "Alabama's cooperatives are always willing to help our fellow cooperatives when there is a need". In Charleston County, 3,185 customers were reported without power, SCE&G reported.

The City of Troy and the City of Evergreen have also sent crews to help with Irma power restoration efforts in the city of Green Cove Springs, FL.

Crews from 30 states and Canada are in Florida or on the way to help restore the power.

More than 6.5 million homes and businesses statewide lost power, and 220,000 people huddled in shelters.

From the Rappahannock Electric Cooperative, crews will be helping the Edisto Electric Cooperative of Bamberg, South Carolina. Participating co-ops include Adams-Columbia, Barron, Bayfield, Central Wisconsin, and Clark Electric Cooperatives, Dairyland Power Cooperative, Dunn and Eau Claire Energy Cooperatives, Oakdale and Oconto Electric Cooperatives, Pierce Pepin Cooperative Services, Price and Richland Electric Cooperatives, Riverland, Rock, and Scenic Rivers Energy Cooperatives, and Taylor and Vernon Electric Cooperatives. "Cooperatives are rooted in core principles that shape our values and organizations, and this opportunity to help is a bright reminder of two values we hold close at PEC: cooperation among cooperatives and concern for community".