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NNEC Linemen head to Georgia to restore power for electric co-ops impacted by Hurricane Irma

Posted on Wednesday, September 13, 2017 at 11:03 am

Hurricane Irma was a historic storm and utilities are coordinating a historic response, including Northern Neck Electric Cooperative. Yesterday, six Northern Neck Electric Cooperative linemen volunteered to travel to Excelsior EMC in Metter, GA., to restore power. Crews from NNEC and many other electric cooperatives in the Virginia, Maryland & Delaware Association of Electric Cooperatives headed south to aid our sister co-ops in South Carolina and Georgia.

Outage estimates as of September 12 at 10am ET were 595,000 in Florida, 428,000 in Georgia, and 52,000 in South Carolina. These outage numbers continue to decrease, and highlight the resilience, preparedness and collaboration of electric cooperatives. Please keep our employees in your thoughts and prayers as well as those affected by Irma’s devastation.

NNEC President & CEO added, “Cooperation among cooperatives is the sixth cooperative principle. It was only a few years ago when electric cooperative crews from the Southeast and nearby states helped restore power to our members after Hurricane Isabel. We are proud of our crew who volunteered to restore power at Excelsior EMC as well as all of our linemen who keep NNEC’s members’ lights on.”

NNEC is the member-owned cooperative serving over 18,900 homes and businesses in Lancaster, Northumberland, Richmond, Westmoreland, King George and Stafford Counties.