Oneida, TN (2018-09-12) With catastrophic damage anticipated with the landfall of Hurricane Florence on the Carolina coast, linemen from Plateau Electric Cooperative are deploying to aid in power restoration efforts in North Carolina.
On Thursday, 11 crew members and equipment from Plateau Electric Cooperative will start making their way toward Fayetteville, NC to aid the South River Electric Membership Cooperative with any power outages associated with Hurricane Florence.
Like most crews headed to aid in relief efforts, local crews will likely ride out the storm in western or central North Carolina before heading further east once the storm passes through. It is unclear how long they will be in North Carolina and the location may change due to changing conditions.
Fayetteville is located about 100 miles north-northwest of Wilmington, NC, which was originally projected to be the site of the landfall of Hurricane Florence; however, recent models indicated the eye should approach Wilmington, and then turn southward and make landfall south of Myrtle Beach, SC. Regardless of the eventual track, Fayetteville is still expected to receive copious amounts of rain and sustained tropical storm winds.
“Our crews have a reputation for responding quickly, working safely and showing compassion to those who have been impacted by storms like this one,” says David Callis, executive vice president and general manager of the Tennessee Electric Cooperative Association. “We commend their desire to serve and wish them well in the days to come,” he added.
Crews from Plateau Electric will be joined by lineworkers from Cumberland Electric Membership Corporation in Clarksville in Fayettville. Electric cooperatives sending crews to the Carolinas include: Appalachian Electric Cooperative in New Market; Caney Fork Electric Cooperative in McMinnville; Chickasaw Electric Cooperative in Somerville; Fayetteville Public Utilities in Fayetteville (TN); Holston Electric Cooperative in Rogersville; Meriwether Lewis Electric Membership Corporation in Centerville; Middle Tennessee Electric Membership Corporation in Murfreesboro; Sequachee Valley Electric Cooperative in South Pittsburg; Southwest Tennessee Electric Membership Corporation in Brownsville; Tri-County Electric Membership Corporation in Lafayette; Tennessee Valley Electric Cooperative in Savannah; and Upper Cumberland Electric Membership Corporation in Carthage.