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Aiken Electric Cooperative sends assistance to help restore power in
web posted August 31, 2012
EDGEFIELD – As Hurricane Issac continues
to batter the Gulf Coast, lineman from Aiken Electric Cooperative are
on their way to Louisiana to help repair widespread damage being caused
by the storm.
“We are part of a consumer-owned electric cooperative network of over
700 nationwide. When our cooperative neighbors need help, we
respond,” said Gary Stooksbury, Aiken Electric Cooperative CEO.
“They’re facing a very difficult situation in Louisiana,” says Todd
Carter, vice president of Loss, Control and Training at The Electric
Cooperatives of South Carolina. “With the ground being saturated
by so much rainfall, it doesn’t take much wind to bring down trees and
power lines.” As of Wednesday morning, news reports claimed more
than 545,000 homes and businesses were without power in Louisiana, with
more outages expected.
In addition to personnel from Aiken Electric Cooperative’s three
district offices, employees from Newberry Electric Cooperative in
Newberry and Fairfield Electric Cooperative in Blythewood will be
assisting Washington-St. Tammany Electric Cooperative based in
Franklinton, Louisiana. Because of the slow-moving nature of the
storm, restoration efforts likely started this morning.
Aiken Electric, a Touchstone Energy Cooperative, is a customer-owned,
nonprofit electric utility currently serving more than 45,000 customers
in a nine county area in South Carolina.
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