As Hurricane Michael made landfall, crew members from lake area electric cooperatives were on their way to help restore power to tens of thousands who are expected to be without electric in the aftermath of the storm.

As Hurricane Michael made landfall, crew members from lake area electric cooperatives were on their way to help restore power to tens of thousands who are expected to be without electric in the aftermath of the storm.

Crews from Laclede, Co-Mo, Southwest and Three Rivers coopeartives that serve portions of Camden, Miller and Morgan counties area among 123 linemen from across the state that will be ready to move in and help with assistance.

For the second time this fall, electric cooperatives in Missouri are sending crews to help repair damage from hurricanes. Just weeks ago, a similar crew was sent to assist after Florence hit. The crews left Missouri on Wednesday and are staging in Alabama ahead of the storm.

Once it is safe to travel, they will drive to Quincy, Florida where they will assist crews at Talquin Electric Cooperative, a 53,000-member cooperative located near Tallahassee.

“Plans are in place, and Talquin is prepared to receive 500 additional personnel who have offered to assist with power restoration,” said Tracy Bensley, general manager of Talquin Electric Cooperative. 

Co-ops in the path of Michael held the first of several planning and status teleconferences to discuss preparations and readiness Monday afternoon.

They reached out to Missouri because the storm could reach well into surrounding states, making assistance from those states unavailable as their crews work their own local outages.

Twenty-three of Missouri’s electric cooperatives will send 123 linemen to lend a hand. I Missouri’s electric cooperatives have a long history of lending a helping hand to its cooperative peers in trying times.

Missouri crews first helped with hurricane relief efforts in 2004 when the Gulf Coast was hit by Hurricane Ivan and have been doing so since. In 2017 crews traveled to Florida and Georgia following Hurricane Irma.

The favor has been returned, as Missouri co-ops received assistance restoring power following ice storms in 2007 and 2009. Missouri’s assistance efforts are being spearheaded by the Association of Missouri Electric Cooperatives. The Jefferson City-based association represents all 47 of Missouri’s electric cooperatives.

Here is a list of the cooperatives sending help: Boone Electric Cooperative, Columbia, Cuivre River Electric Cooperative, Troy, Ralls County Electric Cooperative, New London, Three Rivers Electric Cooperative, Linn, Central Missouri Electric Cooperative, Sedalia, Pemiscot-Dunklin Electric Cooperative, Hayti, Laclede Electric Cooperative, Lebanon, Southwest Electric Cooperative, Bolivar, Ozark Electric Cooperative, Mount Vernon, Lewis County Rural Electric Cooperative, Lewistown, Consolidated Electric Cooperative, Mexico, Gascosage Electric Cooperative, Dixon, Grundy Electric Cooperative, Trenton, United Electric Cooperative, Maryville, Platte-Clay Electric Cooperative, Kearney, Macon Electric Cooperative, Macon, Barry Electric Cooperative, Cassville, Osage Valley Electric Cooperative, Butler, Webster Electric Cooperative, Marshfield, Co-Mo Electric Cooperative, Tipton, Black River Electric Cooperative, Fredericktown, Tri-County Electric Cooperative, Lancaster, West Central Electric Cooperative, Higginsville