CORINTH, Texas – September 19, 2020 – CoServ Electric dispatched crews to Alabama today to assist with power restoration efforts in the wake of Hurricane Sally.
The Category 2 storm struck Alabama and Baldwin County especially hard this week, toppling utility poles and power lines, and knocking out electricity to 96 percent of Baldwin EMC’s meters. As of this morning, about 58,000 Baldwin EMC Members – 75 percent of the co-op – remained without electricity.
“Disaster strikes when and where it strikes,” said Greg Ward, Senior Vice President of Field Operations. “If a fellow co-op asks us for assistance, and we’re in a position to do so, we’re going to help every time.”
Through mutual-aid requests, electric cooperatives help each other in times of need. Over the past two decades, CoServ has assisted about a dozen co-ops - most recently in 2018, during an ice storm that impacted three North Texas counties, and in 2017, when CoServ sent crews to South Texas after Hurricane Harvey and Florida after Hurricane Irma.
In addition to the 14 line and construction workers, CoServ is also sending much-needed equipment, including bucket trucks, trailers and an ATV. The crews are expected to stay in Alabama for 10 days.
“Cooperation among cooperatives is one of our guiding principles, and we know another co-op would help us out if the situation were reversed,” Greg said.
CoServ is an electric cooperative and natural gas distribution company serving North Texas. Incorporated as Denton County Electric Cooperative in 1937, CoServ Electric is one of the largest electric cooperatives in the country, serving more than 250,000 electric meters across Denton, Collin and four other North Texas counties. CoServ Gas was established in 1998 and serves more than 130,000 gas meters in Denton, Collin and Kaufman counties. CoServ’s mission is to deliver excellent service to our Members and Customers by providing safe and reliable energy solutions.