SOUTH PITTSBURG, TN– Sequachee Valley Electric Cooperative (SVEC) is sending a crew of lineworkers to Four County Electric Membership Corporation in Burgaw, NC to assist with Hurricane Florence recovery efforts.

The massive hurricane is expected to leave widespread damage across much of the Atlantic seaboard, and SVEC crews will be in place to assist as soon as it is safe to work.

“This is a powerful storm, and the people of North Carolina have some tough days ahead,” says Mike Partin, president and chief executive officer of SVEC. “We are proud of our linemen for volunteering to assist. They will be working long days in difficult conditions, but they were quick to respond to the call for help. We ask that the public keep them and their families in your thoughts and prayers while they are away.”

Crews will leave from Jasper, TN Wednesday morning and are expected to arrive in Burgaw, NC later that night. It is unclear how long they will be in North Carolina.

“It is an honor to be able to help,” says Stephen Bird, a lineworker with SVEC. “When we go do storm work, the conditions are always tough, but it makes you feel good to know that you are helping people when they need it the most.”

Crews from SVEC are joining some 80 other lineworkers from electric co-ops across Tennessee who will be assisting with hurricane recovery efforts. The Tennessee Electric Cooperative Association in Nashville is coordinating requests for mutual aid and makes travel and lodging arrangements for crews who respond.

“Our crews have a reputation for responding quickly, working safely and showing compassion to those who have been impacted by storms like this one,” says David Callis, executive vice president and general manager of the Tennessee Electric Cooperative Association. “We appreciate our employees’ desire to serve and wish them well in the days to come.”