Alabama’s electric cooperatives have sent 65 line workers and 42 trucks to aid in restoration of electricity to sister cooperatives in Kentucky.
Tens of thousands of electric cooperative members in Kentucky have been left without power following a devastating winter storm. Emergency management officials in Kentucky are still assessing damage, but power is expected to be out in several areas for at least a week,
Early Wednesday, Alabama sent crews from 11 electric cooperatives. Bucket trucks and service trucks accompanied the crews.
“There are nearly 1,000 electric cooperatives nationwide,” said Fred Braswell, president and CEO of the Alabama Rural Electric Association, which is coordinating Alabama’s disaster response. “In times of crisis it’s easy for us to respond quickly and efficiently to restore power as soon as possible.
“If a disaster strikes here, Kentucky cooperatives would be here just as fast,” Braswell said. “In fact, cooperative crews from Kentucky have restored power in Alabama several times following hurricanes in recent years.”
Alabama’s not-for-profit electric cooperatives supply dependable, affordable electricity to more than 1 million Alabamians in 64 counties.