Linemen heading to Georgia and Florida for Hurricane Irma help

8 linemen from HOEC will be traveling south to assist crews from other cooperatives with power restoration after the devastation from Hurricane Irma. Along with HOEC, other Missouri electric cooperatives are also sending crews. Altogether, 154 linemen from 26 systems in Missouri will be responding to the call for help from electric cooperatives in the path of Hurricane Irma.

The crews will be split between Flint Energies of Reynolds, Georgia, GreyStone Power of Douglasville, Georgia, and SECO Energy of Sumterville, Florida. When the crews are released from Georgia, they are expected to head to Florida.

HOEC as well as other Missouri electric cooperatives are no strangers to helping out in crisis situations across the country.

Relief crews are coordinated by the Association of Missouri Electric Cooperatives, the statewide service organization for the state’s electric cooperatives. Its emergency assistance program began in 1948.

Dan Singletary, CEO/General Manager at HOEC, said, “HOEC recently went through a devastating flood that impacted much of our service region. Crews from other cooperatives came in to assist us, so we are very pleased that we are able to return the favor. That’s what being a cooperative is all about.”

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