In Photos: Hurricane Irma Recovery

A group of Florida electric cooperative linemen drove 14 hours to demonstrate the sixth cooperative principle: cooperation among cooperatives. In this case, a crew from Choctawhatchee Electric Cooperative in DeFuniak Springs lent a helping hand to Glades Electric Cooperative, which lost service to almost all of its 16,000 meters. The linemen have been working on Hurricane Irma recovery daily from 4:30 a.m. until dark, replacing about 20 downed or broken poles per day. Four days into the restoration, about 20 percent of Glades’ members were back online.

Choctawhatchee Electric linemen Caleb Garrett, Jason Nowling, Mike Green and apprentice A.J. Coker prep poles to restore power. (Photos By: Garrett Hubbard for NRECA. © Garrett Hubbard 2017.)