On Labor Day, twelve Sequachee Valley Electric Cooperative linemen left Jasper to offer assistance to those in the path of Hurricane Dorian. The crew will wait out the storm on the Georgia/Florida line, in Alma, Georgia, and be on standby as they learn where and what services are needed during and after the storm.
The linemen can expect a lot of wind, downed poles and trees, and a lot of wire.
In making their preparations, the crew packed a trailer with essentials including extra hard hats, batteries, lights, rain suits, food, and work clothes. This is in addition to tools and repair equipment carried on each truck.
CEO Mike Partin says the crew may “get to an area where every line is down; every pole is down.” He has encouraged SVEC linemen practice “safety first” as they aid in recovery efforts.
Alma, Georgia, is approximately 100 miles inland from Savannah, Georgia. SVEC will partner with Satilla REMC in restoration efforts.