Wauchula, Fla. – Peace River Electric Cooperative (PRECO) responded to a plea for assistance from an electric distribution utility in Pennsylvania by sending a line foreman, six line technicians and four service trucks. The team will arrive today and immediately begin helping the crews of Citizens’ Electric, located in Lewisburg, repair damage to power lines caused by unprecedented storm Sandy.
As Sandy began moving into the area on Tuesday, the number of Citizens’ Electric consumers without power started climbing rapidly as high winds caused tree related outages. By the end of the day, the electric utility was advising consumers to expect outages to last for an extended period of time.
Nell McCauley, PRECO spokesperson, said “We know firsthand the importance of mutual assistance crews following a weather disaster, and we welcome the opportunity to help restore power as safely and quickly as possible for another utility.”
IMAGES: Peace River Electric Cooperative employees to restore power after Sandy moves through. Left to right: Tyler Wise, Danny Turner, Ryan Lassiter, Tyler Hoopingarner, Danny Congleton, Jonathan Benbow and Ramiro Narciso will begin repairing the damage left by Sandy when they arrive in Pennsylvania today.
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Peace River Electric Cooperative (PRECO), a Touchstone Energy® distribution electric cooperative headquartered in Wauchula, Florida, provides electric service and energy solutions to nearly 35,000 member/consumers in 10 Florida counties in central Florida: Brevard, DeSoto, Hardee, Highlands, Hillsborough, Indian River, Manatee, Osceola, Polk and Sarasota Counties. Through almost 4,000 miles of power lines, the electric cooperative has been in business since 1940 as a member-owned, not-for-profit organization.