Utility Company Sends Help During Inclimate Weather

4 years 1 week 1 day ago Thursday, December 05 2013 Dec 5, 2013 Thursday, December 05, 2013 2:20:00 PM CST December 05, 2013 in News
By: Melissa Helm, KOMU 8 Reporter

COLUMBIA - Utility companies in Mid-Missouri have sent out crews around the state for the surge of winter weather on the way.

Boone Electric Cooperative sent out four line men on Tuesday to Southeastern Missouri to gear up for an anticipated snow and ice storm. The Boone Electric Cooperative crews will be assisting other electric companies.

Two Boone Electric Cooperative trucks will travel to Sikeston with enough supplies to stay in the area for up to a week, depending on weather conditions.

Boone Electric Cooperative was able to send crews to other areas of the state because Boone County did not get hit with the harsh winter weather. It is now lending a helping hand after it received help in the Spring with severe weather conditions.

"Here we are a few months later having the opportunity to return help. And this is one of those situations where it's always better to give help than receive," said Todd Culley, CEO and General Manager of Boone Electric Cooperative.

Depending on how severe the weather becomes, Boone Electric Cooperative could send more crews out in waves to help the efforts. Crews could repair poles and live power lines damaged by ice and fallen trees.

"Ice does the most damage to our systems than anything else. When we're in this season when we could receive freezing rain or ice, everyone has a heightened sense of alertness," said Culley.

Boone Electric Cooperative serves half a dozen counties in Mid-Missouri with around 33,000 meters of electrical lines. Mid-Missouri is higher in population density, compared to the more rural South East areas in need of extra help.

Electrical companies in the Boone County region will send a total of 20 trucks. Ameren will send out 110 crews to the Southeastern part of the state to assist.

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