6 Cullman men among 200 of those sent to help restore power in Florida

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Cullman EC crews left Tuesday morning to assist in the restoration efforts at Clay Electric Co-op, headquartered in Lake City, FL near Gainesville. Clay EC is reporting that 90 percent of its members (over 153,000 meters) are currently without power. Pictured from left: Steve Link, Judd Morton, Jonathan Kelly, Coltin Rainwater, Rodney Brown and Tyler Johnson. / Cullman EC

CULLMAN COUNTY – Crews from 15 of Alabama’s rural electric cooperatives, including the Cullman County Electric Cooperative, are being sent to help five Florida electric cooperatives with power restoration in the wake of Hurricane Irma. A total of 200 men are on their way to help their fellow cooperatives in areas affected by the hurricane which left more than 75 percent of Floridians without electricity.

“In addition, five other crews are on standby to be sent to Florida or Georgia, as they are needed or requested,” said Fred Braswell, president and CEO of the Alabama Rural Electric Association, which represents Alabama’s 22 electric cooperatives. “Alabama’s cooperatives are always willing to help our fellow cooperatives when there is a need.”

Alabama’s rural electric cooperatives deliver power to more than 1 million people, or a quarter of the state’s population, and they maintain more than 71,000 miles of power line.