Co-ops Helping Co-ops
Pictured below are twelve Nolin line techs who traveled to Georgia in response to a mutual aid request from co-ops in the southeastern part of the United States. The call for help came as two hurricanes (Harvey and Irma) arrived back-to-back knocking out power to millions of homes and businesses.
Terry Hudson was among the group of line techs and said for the most part they worked in isolated farming areas. “Conditions weren’t too bad,” said Hudson. “We worked mostly in standing water and wind. The co-op (Excelsior) took good care of us and provided hotel rooms and food.”
Tommy Sullivan said the local fire department provided laundry services to all those who came to restore power. “We had special thank you notes taped to our laundry, and messages of gratitude from local citizens,” said Tommy. “We stayed a week and when we left, everyone had power.”
“Although most of our line techs sign up to go, we can only send a certain number,” says Nolin Construction & Maintenance Superintendent Donnie Propes. Nolin uses a rotation system to determine who travels to storm recovery areas. “We don’t send anyone until we’re sure our service area will not be affected by inclement weather.”
Left to right above are Diana Hawkins-Sullivan, Chad Denney, Anthony Huff, Tommy Sullivan, Jarred Gardner, Josh Sanders, Cameron Hernandez, Jay Eastridge, Ryan Ray, Daniel Disselkamp, Terry Hudson, and George Clark.