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Volunteers from Wisconsin Electric Cooperatives Head South to Help Florida
Wednesday, September 13th, 2017 -- 1:18 pm
Posted by Riley Hebert-News Director

(Wisconsin Ag Connection) -Volunteer line crews from 18 Wisconsin electric cooperatives are joining in Florida's massive recovery effort this week.

The group will help rebuild shattered electric systems in the wake of Hurricane Irma's devastation. The Florida Electric Cooperatives Association, a statewide trade group, put out a call for help last week in anticipation of the storm. Earlier this week, co-op vehicles began departing from local headquarters across the state for assembly points at Eau Claire, Oakdale, Portage and Janesville. They are expected to arrive in Florida by late Wednesday. All the Wisconsin volunteers are assigned to assist rebuilding at Clay Electric Cooperative, headquartered in northeast of Gainesville, which had approximately 130,000 members out of power.

Participating co-ops include Adams-Columbia, Barron, Bayfield, Central Wisconsin, and Clark Electric Cooperatives, Dairyland Power Cooperative, Dunn and Eau Claire Energy Cooperatives, Oakdale and Oconto Electric Cooperatives, Pierce Pepin Cooperative Services, Price and Richland Electric Cooperatives, Riverland, Rock, and Scenic Rivers Energy Cooperatives, and Taylor and Vernon Electric Cooperatives. Meanwhile, about two-dozen volunteers are expected to be recruited later for a second trip to the damaged area.

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