Cooperative sends four trucks and eight men to Mississippi
Howell-Oregon Electric Cooperatives announced on Aug. 29 that four trucks and eight crewmen are going to Bay St. Louis, Miss., to assist in the emergency restoration of power in the wake of Hurricane Katrina. Bay St. Louis is about 56 miles east of New Orleans.
Rodney Spears, operations manager at Missouri Electric Cooperatives, said that 99 other linemen from the cooperatives have been sent to the disaster area as well. The crews will be assisting the Singing River Power Association and Coastal Electric Power Association restore electricity along the coast.
The Electric cooperatives traditionally have worked together following disasters. In 1999 many electrical crews from other areas assisted Howell-Oregon Electric to restore power in this area following the crippling ice storms of that year.
On Aug. 29 Hurricane Katrina left over 1 million residents without power in a large area from the Louisiana coast to the Florida panhandle. Crews will be in the area to help businesses and residents return to a normal way of life as soon as possible.