Electric Crews to Help Florida After Dennis

Hurricane Dennis
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Residents of Pensacola, Florida are reeling after Hurricane Dennis tore through their town. So when they requested help from Warren RECC, the vice president of operations sent two trucks and four men down.

Mike Eastridge is the Vice President of Operations at Warren RECC. He says: "We've done this two years in a row. We sort of have a gentleman's agreement on cooperatives in the state of Kentucky and across the United States. If one cooperative is in need, then the rest of us try to be there to help out."

Friday, Bowling Green Municipal Utilities sent four trucks and eight workers to Andalusia, Alabama.

Bill Borders is the Electric System Manager at BGMU. He says, "Pretty much when storms like this hit, you just have to rely on each other. And we all do a very good job trying to help each other out."

As south central Kentucky prepares for the wrath of Dennis, high winds and thunderstorms are already starting to cause problems. So what do we do if we need help here at home?

Eastridge says, "We took that into consideration. We had about 12 to16 employees that volunteered to go. But because the storm was headed our direction we didn't want to let everyone go. Just in case we get hit."

Borders says, "We always have the opportunity to pull our guys back. But if it was a big storm like we experienced last summer, we would call on our neighbors to come and help us as we've done. We've been to Florida. We've been to Tennessee many times. We've helped out in Glasgow and Franklin. They all come and help us too. So in this business, you really have to rely on each other when disaster strikes."

Workers who went to Alabama with BGMU are expected to return tonight or tomorrow. Warren Rural Electric says they will evaluate the extent of the damage in Florida and they may send more workers tomorrow. They could be there for up to two weeks.