Wisconsin electric co-ops helping Florida rebuild Relief convoy headed south
September 11, 2017— Volunteer line crews from 18 Wisconsin electric cooperatives are joining in Florida’s massive recovery effort, helping 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 Thursday, anticipating Irma’s Sunday morning landfall and the huge storm’s potential to simultaneously batter the entire state.
Line superintendents from Wisconsin cooperatives got word of the request at a previously scheduled meeting in Stevens Point and immediately began planning their response, assessing availability of workers and equipment.
Hurricane Irma Relief Mission
Hurricane Harvey Local Charitable Funds
August 31, 2017—To find local charitable organizations, click here.
Texas Electric Cooperatives (TEC), the Texas statewide co-op organization, has indicated that cooperative employees “are often the last ones we hear about who need help.” For purposes of assisting with those needs, TEC has established a fund to receive and distribute contributions. Checks may be addressed to:
TEC Hurricane Harvey Disaster Relief Fund
Texas Electric Cooperatives
1122 Colorado Street, 24th Floor
Austin, TX 78701
Funds collected will be distributed directly to electric cooperatives in Texas to distribute locally.
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A Stormy Conversation
Since the peak storm season began this spring, damaging weather has affected many parts of rural Wisconsin. Tornados, high winds, lightning, heavy rains, and flooding have caused significant damage to a number of electric cooperative distribution systems, prompting activation of mutual assistance among multiple co-ops to get the lights back on as soon as it could safely be done.