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Today is May 10, 2021

Thank you to our emergency linemen and support staff

This month still puts us in the thick of hurricane season but in August and September, things got really dicey in the Gulf of Mexico.

On August 27, Hurricane Laura roared into Louisiana in Cameron Parish as a Category 4 storm. Wind gusts of 100 to 135 MPH knocked out power to more than 800,000 homes and businesses in Texas, Louisiana, Arkansas and Mississippi.

A little more than two weeks later, Hurricane Sally battered Alabama and Florida on Sept. 16 as a Category 2 storm. Sally wiped out power for more than 500,000 residents and businesses in both states. Our crews also powered up 12,000 meters here in Mississippi.

The linemen of Mississippi’s electric cooperatives were standing by and ready to respond to both storms.

Following days of strategic planning, about 150 lineman and support workers were sent to hard-hit Louisiana to restore power for the victims of Laura.

Linemen, engineers, safety directors and other support members worked long hours and braved adverse conditions to power up storm victims.

Mississippi also sent more than 200 lineworkers to Alabama and Florida to help restore power to homes and businesses in the aftermath of Sally.

The brave men and women who make up our line worker force are the cooperatives’ first responders.

We thank them for their hard work and dedication during times of crisis — for our members in Mississippi and our cooperative member friends in neighboring states.

You are the heart of everything electric cooperatives do and represent.

Thank you for all you do!

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