Southern Pine crew adds to Isaac relief

Published 4:05 pm Wednesday, August 29, 2012

A six-man crew from Southern Pine has set out for Mississippi to aid in hurricane relief.

A six-member crew from Escambia County’s Southern Pine Electric Cooperative headquarters has left town to restore what was damaged by Hurricane Isaac in neighboring Mississippi.

The crew left early Wednesday en route to Columbia, Miss., where they will assist workers with Pearl River Valley EPA  – a cooperative power provider in the Mississippi community. The crew will work to restore power and with construction needs as a result of the storm that hit the area on Tuesday.

According to Southern Pine officials, thousands are without electricity after the slow-moving storm dumped many inches of rain on the state.

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Southern Pine employees assisting in the restoration effort are Tracy Emmons, Norris Brooks, Kirk Carter, John Paul, Jeff Kelley, Phillip Norsworthy and Raymond Wiggins.

Mississippi and Louisiana were still feeling the effects of Isaac Wednesday and could see significant issues through Thursday.

Melanie Harrison, manager of communications for Southern Pine, said the crew could dispatched to other areas once their work is complete in the Columbia area – possibily into Louisiana.

“In times of disaster electric co-ops across the nation pull together to help one another,” Harrison said. “That’s one of the many remarkable aspects of a cooperative.”

Southern Pine Electric Cooperative, a Touchstone Energy® Cooperative, is headquartered in Brewton, Ala., with district offices in Atmore, Evergreen and Frisco City. The co-op provides electricity to more than 20,000 accounts in portions of five counties.