SUMMERDALE, Ala. (WKRG ) – Baldwin EMC crews are heading back to Florida to help with Hurricane Michael recovery efforts. 15 Baldwin EMC employees will leave Summerdale early Thursday morning and head to help Gulf Coast Electric Cooperative in Wewahitchka, Fla. Construction crews, service men and transportation employees are part of the crew that will be leaving.
Wednesday afternoon, the crews were packing food, water, and other items for the trip.
“Our crews are eager to assist our sister co-ops in these situations,” says Baldwin EMC CEO Karen Moore. “As everyone who lives in our region knows, with hurricanes it’s never a matter of ‘if’ but of ‘when.’ We are always glad for the opportunity to send crews and share our resources with other cooperatives in need of assistance, and we’re grateful to be a part of a community of mutual aid.”
GCEC’s distribution system in the panhandle suffered catastrophic damage from Hurricane Michael. The company services more than 20,000 accounts in six counties, but right now, up to 49% of those meters are without electricity.
Earlier this month, Baldwin EMC crews assisted Wiregrass Electric Cooperative in the Dothan, Ala. area in the aftermath of Hurricane Michael. Eight Baldwin EMC employees are also still assisting Three Notch Electric Co-op in Donalsonville, Ga.