Hurricanes Harvey and Irma have devastated Southeast Texas, Florida, Georgia, South Carolina and Louisiana – causing loss of lives, homes and livelihoods. There are one million co-op members without power in the southeast, and electric cooperative crews from all over the state have been working tirelessly to restore it. Crews have encountered scattered circuit outages, downed trees and lines and poles so deeply submerged that they cannot reach them.
Some of the restoration crews are working despite damage in their own homes. “We have some employees who are in the flood zone. Water is getting into the homes of some of our employees as they work to restore power,” said Keith Stapleton, chief communications officer of Sam Houston Electric Cooperative.