Missouri and Arkansas Utility Crews Sent to Help with Hurricane Irma Recovery
SPRINGFIELD, Mo.--(09/08/2017) Utility Alliance lineworker crews from seven Missouri cities and one in Arkansas are assembling today in Orlando, preparing to respond to power outages after the storm passes.
The combined response involves 36 lineworkers from the Missouri cities of Columbia, Hannibal, Independence, Macon, Nixa, Poplar Bluff, Trenton. They are joined by a five-person crew from Conway, Arkansas. The workers, equipped with nine bucket trucks, six digger trucks, and eight other linework vehicles, are staging in Orlando, ready to restore power to Florida municipal utilities in affected areas after the storm passes. Municipal utility workers from other states are also on the road to Florida to assist in hurricane recovery efforts.
Preparedness coordinators for the Florida Municipal Electric Association issued a call to the Missouri Public Utility Alliance (MPUA) for mutual aid assistance on September 6, and city crews began departing for Florida the next day.
The mutual aid response, coordinated through MPUA’s mutual aid network, allows city electric utility workers to help during widespread outages in other communities. Assisting cities are reimbursed by municipal utilities receiving assistance. Nationally, mutual aid agreements organized through the American Public Power Association link more than 2,000 public power and rural electric cooperatives, so they can help each other in times of need.