Workers from 2 area power companies headed to assist with Hurricane Florence recovery

Workers from two area power companies are headed to the east coast to assist with recovery efforts from Hurricane Florence. Employees from Entergy Arkansas left Tuesday and employees from North Arkansas Electric Cooperative (NAEC) headed out Wednesday.

Eight linemen from North Arkansas Electric Cooperative in Salem are headed to Crewe, Virginia to work with the Southside Electric Cooperative. The Virginia power company has more that 55,000 customers in the central and southern part of the state.

North Arkansas Electric Cooperative CEO Mel Coleman says anytime they can help other electric co-ops, they are glad to do it.

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The NAEC linemen headed to Virgina include Gary Tanner, Chris Tomlinson, Paul Garrison, Shane Goodson, Ben Leslie, Clint Ray, Dennis Reynolds and Andy Ward. Coleman says typically in situations like this, they are gone from their homes and families for multiple weeks.

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Kerri Case from Entergy Arkansas says six employees from this area, two from each office at Flippin, Harrison and Mountain View, are headed to Atlanta for staging and waiting to see where they will be needed to help restore power.

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