Lending a hand: Carroll Electric sends crews to South Carolina

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Carroll Electric Cooperative dispatched 24 professionals Monday to South Carolina to assist with power outage restoration efforts caused by Hurricane Irma.

Carroll Electric’s four six-men crews and equipment have been assigned to work at Berkeley Electric Cooperative located in Moncks Corner, S.C., approximately 50 miles north of Charleston.

Mutual aid assistance arrangements are coordinated through local cooperative safety managers and statewide trade associations.

“When we asked for volunteers to travel to South Carolina and be prepared to stay 10 days or longer, we filled all the slots quickly with folks eager to help,” said Carroll Electric’s safety manager, Randy Hooten. “We frequently see this cooperative spirt when personnel are asked to help in times of crisis.”

After group prayer and loading equipment with tools, spare tires and fuel, the Berryville crews pulled out Monday morning and headed toward central Arkansas, where they will meet up with other Carroll Electric crews from Benton, Madison and Newton counties. From there, they will caravan to South Carolina and are expected to arrive late Tuesday afternoon.

Crews from 11 other electric cooperatives in Arkansas are also supporting restoration efforts. Assistance was requested from cooperatives in Florida and South Carolina.

Carroll Electric Cooperative is headquartered in Berryville and serves approximately 95,000 accounts in 11 counties in southwest Missouri and northwest Arkansas.

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