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LMRE sends mutual aid to North Carolina

Lorain-Medina Rural Electric Cooperative is sending five linemen to help with power restoral efforts in North Carolina from hurricane Florence.

The crew left Friday morning with a bucket truck, digger-derrick, pole trailer and a pick-up truck. They were headed to Wytheville, Va. Friday to get further instructions and are scheduled to begin assisting South River Electric Membership Corporation in Dunn, NC.

South River is an electric cooperative with 43,000 members. They are located about 40 miles south of Raleigh, NC.

On Friday morning, SREMC reported they had 5,000 members without power, but had suspended restoral efforts due to safety concerns. As soon as conditions allow, crews will assess the damage and begin restoration.

Nearly 200 additional line personnel from Ohio, Tennessee and Illinois are bringing 154 vehicles to assist SREMC. Additionally, 68 tree experts from Louisiana will be supporting the Cooperative. South River has an in-field workforce of 66, including contractors.

Ohio’s mutual aid response is organized through the Ohio Electric Cooperatives Safety and Loss Control. A total of 54 line workers from 11 Ohio electric cooperatives left Friday morning to assist SREMC and Lumbee River Electric Membership Cooperative in eastern North Carolina. 

Lorain-Medina Rural Electric Cooperative, Inc. of Wellington serves approximately 16,300 consumers over 1,535 miles of power lines in Lorain, Medina, Ashland, Huron and Wayne counties.

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