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Mid-Missouri linemen responding to Irma

Linemen from electric cooperatives based in Columbia, Jefferson City, Fulton, and Mexico are among those heading southeast Tuesday.

Boone Electric Cooperative says it is sending seven linemen and four trucks to the area. Ten workers from the City of Columbia got there Sunday, helping to restore power in the Orlando area on Monday.

They’ll help to restore power after Hurricane Irma left millions without electricity in Florida, Georgia, and South Carolina.

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About 155 Missouri linemen representing 26 electric cooperatives will be heading to Georgia and Florida Tuesday morning, to assist communities in the path of Hurricane Irma. Association of Missouri Cooperatives Vice President Jim McCarty says Show-Me State linemen have been working hurricanes since 2004 with Hurricane Ivan.

“I know I can speak for those co-ops involved in this effort in saying it’s always better to lend help than to be the one asking for it.”

McCarty tells Missourinet the 155 Missouri linemen will be split between Reynolds and Douglasville, Georgia and Sumterville, Florida.

McCarty also notes a fuel tanker truck from Jefferson City’s Central Electric Power Cooperative will accompany the group heading to Florida, to avoid potential shortages enroute.

(This story was last updated at 9:52 a.m. Tuesday.)

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