November 2022

5 of the state’s distribution electric cooperatives sent 83 linemen to Florida in the aftermath of Hurricane Ian to help power up the communities who were devastated after the storm.

The crews went to offer support to Peace River Electric Cooperative in Wauchula, Florida following Ian’s landfall on September 28.

Coast Electric sent 29 linemen, Yazoo Valley sent 11, Dixie Electric sent 18, Delta Electric sent 9, and North East Mississippi Electric sent 16.

“Mississippi responded to Peace River’s request by sending all the equipment and personnel that they had the capacity to manage. Almost double that amount was on standby, if needed,” said Gerald Gordon, Electric Cooperatives of Mississippi’s vice president of safety and loss control.

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Front cover of the March 2023 issue, Today in Mississippi. Dr. J. Kim Sessums pictured in front of his artwork.