Farmers RECC Sends Crews to Assist in Hurricane Irma Power Restoration
Farmers RECC has dispatched six linemen and essential equipment to assist cooperatives in Georgia with power restoration caused by Hurricane Irma.
Farmers RECC has been working closely with the Kentucky Association of Electric Cooperatives and with other electric cooperatives to coordinate restoration efforts.
Farmers RECC crews were dispatched to Oconee Electric Membership Corporation based in Dudley, GA, where they currently have thousands of members without power.
“Farmers RECC stands ready to assist other cooperatives and utilities in times of need,” said Bill Prather, President and CEO at Farmers RECC. “Our thoughts and prayers go to victims of the hurricane and with our linemen, who we pray will work safely.”
Hurricane Irma was a historic storm and utilities are coordinating a historic response. Approximately 5,000 cooperative workers from 25 states are converging on the hurricane's impact zone to assist with restoration efforts.
Electric cooperatives took a direct hit from the storm, and expect to be working to restore power for days or weeks. Peak outage estimates indicate that there were 760,000 electric cooperative outages in Florida, 535,000 in Georgia, and 100,000 in South Carolina.