BALDWIN COUNTY, Ala. (WKRG) — Baldwin EMC crews are on standby to assist Washington-St. Tammany Electric Cooperative (WSTE) in power restoration efforts after the landfall of Hurricane Ida.
Officials were estimating Monday that it could be weeks for full restoration in some areas.
If called to assist, the crews will leave from the co-op’s Summerdale headquarters and include employees from the operations and transportation departments. Along with their standard supplies, they will have proper personal protective equipment to work safely during the COVID-19 pandemic.
“Our hearts go out to everyone affected by Hurricane Ida, and we are proud to send crews and share our resources with another cooperative in need of assistance,” Baldwin EMC CEO Karen Moore said in a press release.
“It’s hard to believe that it’s been almost a year since we were struck by Hurricane Sally and 97 percent of our meters were without power. If we hadn’t had help from our sister cooperatives, it would have taken weeks, if not months, to rebuild and repair our system. We’re happy for the opportunity to help this time around, and we’re grateful to be a part of a community of mutual aid.”