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Electric cooperatives respond to hurricane torn areas

EREC crewmen Mark LeFlore, Philip Gandy, Jordan Jackson and Ken Blair will set up the bunk trailers and a shower trailer for use by restoration line crews. | Submitted photo

EREC crewmen Mark LeFlore, Philip Gandy, Jordan Jackson and Ken Blair will set up the bunk trailers and a shower trailer for use by restoration line crews. | Submitted photo

Area electric cooperatives sent linemen and crews to cities in Florida, Georgia and South Carolina to help restore power for other cooperatives after Hurricane Matthew made its way up the east coast last week.

Escambia River Electric Cooperative sent line crews to Clay Electric Cooperative in Keystone Heights, Fla. While there, linemen will work together with other crews from other areas to make repairs to damage incurred at the Clay Electric by the hurricane.

In addition, EREC sent five bunk trailers and a shower trailer to Okenfenokee Rural Electric Cooperative in Nahunta, Ga. to be used by electric co-op crewmen during the restoration.

“It is difficult at best to find housing for hundreds or even thousands of workers in an area whose infrastructure has been devastated. For this purpose, EREC acquired trailers and renovated them into bunk housing,” said Clay Campbell, EREC general manager/CEO, in a release.

The five trailers sleep 33 people each. The shower trailer has 10 showers and sinks. Each bunk comes equipped with its own generator, and the sleeper trailers have their own central heat/air with individual lockers for reach occupant. Each bunk has overhead lighting and electrical outlets for cell phone charging.

Southern Pine Electric Co-op sent several linemen to assist Santee Electric Cooperative in Kingstree, S.C. and Talquin Electric Cooperative in Quincy, Fla. after Hurricane Matthew and Hermine.