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Sep 18, 2018

Missouri electric co-op lineworkers wrap up in South Carolina

Missouri electric co-op lineworkers wrap up in South Carolina

Lineworkers with Missouri’s electric cooperatives helped restore power Monday to a vast majority of Pee Dee Electric Cooperative members in northeastern South Carolina following power outages caused by Tropical Storm Florence.

Five Missouri cooperatives were assisting the Darlington-based cooperative for the second consecutive day. Three of the crews were previously dispatched to nearby Santee Electric Cooperative, Kingsville, S.C., before being transferred to Pee Dee on Sunday. Pee Dee’s outage number dipped from 1,300 Monday morning to less than 100 in the evening.

“Road Closed” signs, water on roadways and muddy conditions were the norm for the day as the 26 Missouri lineworkers restored power to the rain-soaked region. From ATVs to boats, Missouri’s electric co-op lineworkers used everything in their arsenal to turn the lights on for Pee Dee’s members.

All Missouri lineworkers have been released from their duties in South Carolina.

Missouri’s restoration efforts in South Carolina were spearheaded by the Association of Missouri Electric Cooperatives. The Jefferson City-based association represents all 47 of Missouri’s electric cooperatives.

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