CLAY COUNTY, Fla. - It’s a classic story of helping others in need, knowing they’d return the favor in the future.
On Thursday, a team from the Clay Electric Cooperative traveled to Walterboro, South Carolina to help the Coastal Electric Cooperative rebuild its system after an ice storm knocked out power to most of its 11,600 customers.
“We’re glad to help them because one day, if we get hit with a major storm, we may be calling on them for assistance,” says Wayne Mattox, communications manager for Clay Electric.
He says they sent 25 personnel and a convoy of 15 vehicles to Walterboro. Mattox says they’ll be rebuilding the power lines and repairing equipment.
“We know what it’s like down here when we have a hurricane or a major storm comes through and takes the lines down,” Mattox says. “You can get very uncomfortable very quickly if you don’t have electricity.”
Clay Electric says they’ve sent crews to other parts of Florida in recent years to help them restore service after hurricanes. They say cooperatives from as far away as Minnesota and Nevada sent crews to help Clay and other Florida cooperatives when hurricanes visited the state in 2004 and 2005.