PINE BELT (WDAM) - This is a news release from Dixie Electric.
Early Friday morning, Dixie Electric Power Association sent 11 linemen to Lake City, Florida to restore power to members of Clay Electric Cooperative.
Clay Electric sits in the bend of Florida and was in the direct path of Hurricane Hermine. As of 3 a.m. Friday morning, the cooperative was reporting more than 34,000 members without power. Lake City is the location of one of Clay Electric's district offices.
Dixie Electric and Clay Electric are a part of a network of 900 electric cooperatives nationwide that aid each other when disasters, like Hurricane Hermine, strike. In addition to sending linemen, Dixie Electric also sent bucket trucks and other equipment to support restoration efforts.
"I'm always proud of our employees when we receive the call to assist other cooperative members. We certainly understand the hope that line crews bring to a community that has been affected by a storm," General Manager Randy Smith said.
Dixie Electric Power Association serves 38,500 accounts in a seven county area in south Mississippi, including Jones, Wayne, Perry, Forrest, Covington, Clarke and Jasper counties.