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August 30, 2012

Crews sent to Baton Rouge to help with power restoration

Group Branson, Mo. – Twelve linemen from White River Valley Electric Cooperative are now on their way to Baton Rouge, La., to help restore power in the wake of Hurricane Isaac.

Rick Burkhart, Randy Isaacs, John Combs, Bill Gyger, Bubba Taylor, Greg Johnson, Bill Marr, Claude Koenig, Dan Schmucker, Aaron Neal, Rob Frazier and Mike Massey will join more than 100 line workers from across Missouri to assist crews from Dixie Electric Membership Corp. (DEMCO) based in the Baton Rouge suburb of Greenwell Springs.
 
“Even though we have sent crews to assist in Baton Rouge, we still have enough staff and line crews to take care of our members in case of any outages this weekend,” WRVEC Operations Manager Kenny Bilyeu said.
 
Several Missouri
co-ops are holding their crews back in case storms expected to hit southern Missouri cause damage this weekend.
 
At Trucks DEMCO, approximately half of the system’s 100,000 members were without power Thursday morning. They are eagerly awaiting the arrival of the fresh Missouri crews, seasoned by many years helping with outage repairs.
 
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Photo Caption – Group Shot: (left to right) Bill Marr, Bubba Taylor, Randy Isaacs, Mike Massey, Rob Fraizer, Rick Burkhart, Bill Gyger, John Combs, Claude Koenig, Greg Johnson are 10 of the 12 line workers who are headed to Baton Rouge, La.
 
Photo Caption – Truck Shot: Bucket trucks line up outside White River Valley Electric Cooperative today as they prepare to assist in restoring power in the wake of Hurricane Isaac.

Contact:
Cris Swaters, Communications Coordinator
417.335.9335 (WRVEC off


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