COLUMBIA CITY — Northeastern REMC has sent crews and equipment to Florida to assist in Hurricane Dorian recovery efforts. The storm is expected to create widespread property and infrastructure damage throughout Florida and the southeastern part of the country.
Four lineworkers from Northeastern REMC, headquartered in Columbia City, joined a group of lineworkers from across the state late Monday night. These crews were deployed to assist the Central Florida Electric Cooperative with nearly 26,000 members and more than 4,200 miles of energized lines, which is expected to be affected by the ever-changing path of the hurricane.
“Our crews are eager to help those in need,” said Eric Jung, chief executive officer of NREMC. “They take tremendous pride in representing Northeastern REMC and the state of Indiana. They represent us well with how hard, professionally and safely they work.”
“Every cooperative in the Indiana electric cooperative family is an integral part of a state and national network of hundreds of fellow cooperatives,” said Jon Elkins, vice president of safety, training and compliance for Indiana Electric Cooperatives. “It is incumbent upon us to work together and help one another in times of disaster, to make sure our power delivery systems are repaired as quickly, safely and cost-effectively as possible.”
The team from Northeastern REMC was committed to leave for Florida as early as last week, but the situation has been taking a while to unfold due to the unpredictability of the hurricane’s path. Updates on the crew, as they occur, will be provided on NREMC’s Facebook page.
Northeastern REMC is a member-owned cooperative that supplies electric power to members in portions of Allen, Huntington, Kosciusko, Noble, Wabash and Whitley counties.