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Monday, August 30, 2021

Missouri’s electric cooperatives are answering the call!

Hurricane Ida left a trail of damage and destruction along the Gulf Coast following its landfall on Sunday. In response, Missouri’s electric cooperatives have mobilized to answer a call for help. 

At the request of DEMCO Electric Cooperative, Baton Rouge, Louisiana, more than 150 Missouri Lineworkers from 30 of the state’s electric cooperatives are traveling to Louisiana to assist in the cleanup. 

Missouri is sending both construction and service crews to help with the power restoration efforts at the co-op just east of Baton Rouge. Most of Missouri’s crews are leaving early Tuesday morning to help with the restoration efforts.

DEMCO is the largest electric cooperative in Louisiana, serving more than 112,000 members. As of Monday morning, more than 77,000 DEMCO members, 68%, were without electricity.

Missouri’s electric cooperatives have a long history of lending a helping hand to its cooperative peers in trying times. Missouri crews first helped with hurricane relief efforts in 2004 when the Gulf Coast was hit by Hurricane Ivan and have been doing so since. Their most recent deployments were in 2020 when crews traveled to Louisiana twice for hurricanes Delta and Zeta.

The favor has been returned, as Missouri co-ops received assistance restoring power following devastating ice storms in 2007 and 2009.
Missouri’s restoration efforts are being spearheaded by the Association of Missouri Electric Cooperatives. The Jefferson City-based association represents all 47 of Missouri’s electric cooperatives.

Missouri electric cooperatives sending help:
Barry Electric Cooperative, Inc., Cassville
Barton County Electric Cooperative, Inc., Lamar
Black River Electric Cooperative, Fredericktown
Boone Electric Cooperative, Columbia
Callaway Electric Cooperative, Fulton
Central Missouri Electric Cooperative, Inc., Sedalia
Co-Mo Electric Cooperative, Tipton
Consolidated Electric Cooperative - Missouri, Mexico
Crawford Electric Cooperative, Bourbon
Cuivre River Electric Cooperative, Inc., Troy
Farmers' Electric Cooperative - Missouri, Chillicothe
Gascosage Electric Cooperative, Dixon
Grundy Electric Cooperative, Inc., Trenton
Laclede Electric Cooperative, Lebanon
Lewis County REC, Lewistown
Macon Electric Cooperative, Macon
Osage Valley Electric Cooperative, Butler
Ozark Electric Cooperative, Mt. Vernon
Ozark Border Electric Cooperative, Poplar Bluff
Pemiscot-Dunklin Electric Cooperative, Hayti
Platte-Clay Electric Cooperative, Kearney
Ralls County Electric Cooperative, New London
Sac Osage Electric Cooperative, El Dorado Springs
SEMO Electric Cooperative, Sikeston
Southwest Electric Cooperative, Bolivar
Three Rivers Electric Cooperative, Linn
Tri-County Electric Cooperative MO, Lancaster
United Electric Cooperative, Inc., Maryville
Webster Electric Cooperative, Marshfield
West Central Electric Cooperative, Higginsville
White River Valley Electric Cooperative, Branson
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