East Tennessee Co-ops send crews to help with Nor’easter recovery

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Jeremy Gilbert works to repair a power line after a storm passed through the area on Saturday, March 3, 2018 in Lynchburg, Va. Virginia’s coast is bracing for possible flooding in the wake of the nor’easter that slammed into the East Coast. High-wind warnings remain in effect through Saturday while coastal flooding warnings will last […]

Several lineworkers from co-ops across East Tennessee are heading to Virginia to assist with power restoration after a strong storm system moved through the region overnight and early Friday morning.

The Tennessee Electric Cooperative Association said in a press release that six lineworkers from Appalachian Electric Cooperative in New Market are traveling to Northern Virginia Electric Cooperative in Gainesville, Va.; six lineworkers from Holston Electric Cooperative in Rogersville will assist Central Virginia Electric Cooperative in Arrington, Va.; and six lineworkers from Plateau Electric Cooperative in Oneida will assist Mecklenburg Electric Cooperative in Gretna, Va.

“I am always impressed by how quickly our co-ops respond to requests for assistance,” said Todd Blocker, vice president of member services and mutual aid coordinator for the Tennessee Electric Cooperative Association. “Just a couple of hours after receiving the request from Virginia, these guys were loading up and heading out. Their willingness to leave home and serve others is admirable.”

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