Crews return from Florida

Staff Reports • Updated Oct 12, 2016 at 3:00 PM

The 13 men – three four-man crews and a mobile mechanic – from Middle Tennessee Electric Membership Corp. returned late Tuesday night after working for a week with Clay Electric Cooperative in Keystone Heights, Fla.

Throughout the last week, the team assisted with power restoration efforts, clearing trees from downed lines, repairing broken poles and stringing new lines from damage done from Hurricane Matthew.

“We are very proud of the work these guys did,” said Chris Jones, MTEMC president and CEO. “They embody the nature of the cooperative and the volunteer spirit, and we’re happy to have them home safe.”

The Middle Tennessee Electric crews were joined by more than 80 volunteers from cooperatives across the state. The volunteer electric crews were sent to Florida and the Carolinas to assist cooperatives that had damage after Hurricane Matthew.

According to Clay Electric Cooperative, the MTEMC crew was a part of an 800-person workforce, responsible for restoring power to 73,000 members over three days. The restoration started Saturday at 6 a.m., and was completed Monday at 10 p.m.

Middle Tennessee Electric Membership Corp. is a member-owned nonprofit cooperative that provides electricity to more than 214,000 residential and business members in Williamson, Wilson, Rutherford, Cannon and surrounding counties.

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