Kentuckians Head to the Carolinas to Help Restore Electricity

LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Hurricane Dorian is moving off to the north and while that is good news, the storm has caused plenty of issues for both North and South Carolina. Thursday more than 100 Kentucky electric cooperative workers headed east to help restore power to the areas.

As of Thursday night, more than 240,000 homes in South Carolina and 46,000 in North Carolina were without power. Crews from seven Kentucky co-ops are with Four County EMC, an electric cooperative in Burgaw, North Carolina. Five other Kentucky co-ops are with Black River Electric Cooperative in Sumter, South Carolina and Coastal Electric Cooperative in Waterboro, South Carolina.

“The Kentucky co-op crews who are on the ground in the Carolinas are making Kentucky proud,” said Chris Perry, president, and CEO of Kentucky Electric Cooperatives. “One of our cooperative principles is ‘Cooperation among Cooperatives,’ and this mutual aid effort takes that cooperation to a whole other level. These men face very challenging conditions. We are praying for their safety and the well-being of everyone in Dorian’s path.”

“Linemen are wired to help people,” said Clarence Greene, Safety and Loss Prevention Director at Kentucky Electric Cooperatives. “Mutual aid deployments also provide invaluable training opportunities so these crews will be better prepared to respond to storm damage when it happens here at home.”