Employees from Dominion Energy and several electric cooperatives across Virginia are heading south to help with recovery efforts in the wake of Hurricane Irma. The state organization is coordinating the response by Minnesota cooperatives.
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.
Hurricane Irma, which weakened into a still-dangerous tropical storm Monday, engulfed almost the entire Florida peninsula, wreaking havoc from the state's southernmost point up to the Georgia line, from the Atlantic coast to the Gulf side.
More than 6.5 million homes and businesses statewide lost power, and 220,000 people huddled in shelters. Electric co-ops in Louisiana and MS have also returned help in Missouri, helping to restore power after ice storms in 2007 and 2009.
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Hero MotoCorp followed with 77,638 units as compared to 81,015 units in the corresponding month a year ago, down 4.17 per cent. Good monsoons lifted consumer sentiments in rural areas, buoying two-wheeler sales, which grew 14.69% year on year last month.
Traveling to natural disaster areas isn't new to Heartland REMC, which assisted in Hurricane Katrina and other catastrophes, CEO Robert Pearson said.
While Tallahassee electric crews are now in a holding pattern, they are expected to try to go back out and restore power to residents later today. Spokesman Michael DeFreeuw said crews have always stepped up when volunteers are needed. This cooperation is enabled through mutual-aid agreements among electric cooperatives.
"We invite you to keep these co-op heroes in your thoughts and prayers", says Callis, "Today they are lacing up their boots, leaving their families and heading to a hard and risky environment".
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