Conway Corporation deployed a crew of lineman to Florida on Thursday to help with power restoration as a result of Hurricane Irma.
The five-person crew is part of a mutual aid response being coordinated by the Missouri Public Utility Alliance (MPUA).
The group from Conway Corp joined 36 other lineworkers from several Missouri cities including Columbia, Hannibal, Independence, Macon, Nixa, Poplar Bluff and Trenton in Birmingham, Alabama before traveling on to Orlando.
"Our crew arrived in Orlando on Friday night ahead of the storm," Conway Corp Electric Distribution System Manager Jim Moore said. "They reported to the command center Saturday morning and rode out the storm in Orlando. They are now at work helping to restore power in the Orlando area and will be in Florida for at least two weeks."
Preparedness coordinators for the Florida Municipal Electric Association issued a call to the MPUA for mutual aid assistance Sept. 6. and MPUA contacted Conway Corp to join with their response.
The mutual aid response, coordinated through MPUA’s mutual aid network, allows public power electric utility workers to help during widespread outages in other communities with assisting cities reimbursed by municipal utilities receiving assistance.
Nationally, mutual aid agreements organized through the American Public Power Association link more than 2,000 public power and rural electric cooperatives so they can assist each other in times of need.
"We have been a part of mutual aid assistance through the Arkansas Municipal Power Association on numerous occasions," CEO Bret Carroll said.
He said this is the first time they have traveled out of state as part of a mutual aid response.
"We are extremely proud of the work our crews do and that we are able to assist fellow public power providers," Carroll said.