Today is Sept. 15th and I just wanted to update you on the recent damages from Hurricanes Harvey and Irma. At one point in Texas and Louisiana over 265,000 people were without electricity, 26,000 were cooperative members. Most of the services have been restored in the areas where they can safely work.
For Florida and Georgia, nearly 7 million people lost power due to Irma traveling the entire length of Florida. 1.3 million of these outages were cooperative members. Tremendous progress continues to be made by electric co-ops in Florida and Georgia. Co-ops in Florida have restored more than 601,000 meters, or roughly 80 percent of those lost during the storm. Those in Georgia re-energized more than 500,000, more than 90 percent of total outages. Just over 50,000 outages remain in Georgia with roughly 150,000 remaining in Florida.
These two major events happened in a two-week time period. Cooperatives from nearly thirty states sent lineman to both of these disaster areas to restore power. It will be several more weeks before the remainder of the people receive power and many more months before their lives get back to a new normal. And let’s not forget about the wild fires in many parts of the West that have burned over 8 million acres and many homes and businesses.
We need to thank the men and women who responded to these disasters and who left their families and comfortable homes to help rebuild the lives that were affected by the storms.
Thank you for your service and may the Lord keep you safe!
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