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Alabama electric co-ops sending crews to help Irma victims in Florida

Lines down in Live Oak, Florida (Source: Suwanee Valley Electric Cooperative, Facebook)

Two Alabama electric cooperative groups are sending crews to help victims of Hurricane Irma in Florida.

Six crews left the Cherokee Electric Coop Tuesday morning for the trip to Live Oak, Florida, which is between Tallahassee and Jacksonville.

The 12-men crew will work with the Suwannee Valley Electric Cooperative in restoring electric service to houses in the town of about 7,000.

Suwannee officials posted on Facebook that four transmission lines that serve eight different substations were knocked out in the hurricane.

Suwannee officials said their goal is to get power back on by the weekend.

Cherokee Electric Coop officials said their crews will work in Florida as long as they're needed.

Another group, the Cullman Electric Co-op will assist Clay EC in Lake City, Florida. 90% of residents in the area are without power.


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