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Assistance Sent for Hurricane Sally Recovery Efforts

10/16/2020

Five line-workers from Fort Loudoun Electric Cooperative (FLEC) went to Baldwin  EMC in Alabama to assist with Hurricane Sally recovery efforts on September 18, 2020. 

 The hurricane brought strong winds and significant rainfall to the Gulf Coast, and an FLEC crew made up of Eric Gibson, Will Hunt, Chase Harvey, Drew Noblett, and Tyler Adams willingly went to assist with the recovery efforts alongside approximately 1,500 other utility workers from across 14 states. 

 “Strong storms like Sally… leave thousands of people without power,” said Jarrod Brackett, FLEC’s General Manager/CEO.   “We are proud of our linemen for volunteering to assist, even when most people were reluctant to go, due to the pandemic. These men worked long days in difficult conditions, but they were quick to respond to the call for help.”

FLEC’s Crew arrived in lower Alabama late on a Friday and went to work.  Baldwin EMC assigned a man to work with our men for almost two weeks to help this coastal cooperative restore power to thousands of folks left without power following the hurricane.  At the time of response, only about 300 of the 79,000 meter points served had power.  Upon leaving, only those questionable of ever needing power ever again were in the dark.  Pictured below are some of FLEC’s men climbing a pole and working from bucket trucks to fix a high voltage line feeding several businesses and homes after the storm surge and wind had stripped the poles bare of utility infrastructure. 

 “It is an honor to be able to help,” said one lineman. “When we go and do storm work, the conditions are always tough, but it makes you feel good to know that you are helping people when they need it the most.”

 FLEC utilizes the Tennessee Electric Cooperative Association in Nashville to help coordinate requests for mutual aid for crews who respond.  Through this emergency response network and the Tennessee Pubic Power Association’s mutual aid network, cooperatives and municipal utilities across the nation are able to gain access to resources to assist one another during times of distress or emergency. 

 FLEC is a consumer-owned cooperative that provides safe, reliable and affordable energy to approximately 33,500 homes and business in parts of east Tennessee.

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