Four North Central Electric Cooperative linemen joined more than two dozen others from electric co-ops across Ohio on a mutual aid effort to North Carolina after Tropical Storm Zeta left thousands without power.
Linemen Dan Reer, Mike Stahl, Paul Weaver, and Brian Miller made the roughly eight-hour drive to North Carolina to assist Energy United (EU) with the power restoral of more than 44,000 Energy United members. EU is the largest electric cooperative in North Carolina, serving over 130,000 meters across 19 counties. The mutual aid effort lasted five days.
North Central's four-person crew and other crews from Ohio began repairs to the EU system, mainly consisting of broken pole replacements. EU also asked Ohio and West Virginia crews to stay an extra day to assist with additional service calls following a night of heavy winds. This increased outage numbers after most members had been restored from the tropical storm damage.
"I am proud of the North Central linemen who assisted Energy United over this mutual aid effort," said General Manager Ed VanHoose. "They exemplified the values of safety, cooperation, and community that we operate by while they were away, as all of the cooperative employees do daily. They are all valued members of the North Central team and to the cooperative industry."
North Central previously assisted EU in October 2018 after Hurricane Michael caused power outages for over 43,000 members.