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Neighbors help neighbors as municipal utilities join together for winter storm recovery

Wednesday, January 16, 2019   (0 Comments)
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Mutual Aid: Member utilities help with storm recovery in Columbia, Harrisonville & Seymour

Line crews from nine municipal utilities volunteered to help restore power to the cities of Columbia, Harrisonville, and Seymour, Missouri, in the wake of a heavy winter storm that caused significant damage across Missouri on January 11-13.  

In Columbia, line crews from Macon, Palmyra, Rolla, and Waynesville responded to the call to assist Columbia Water & Light staff in power restoration and repair work. The City of Harrisonville was assisted by lineworkers that came from Carthage and Higginsville. At Seymour, mutual aid line crews came from the cities of Cabool, Nixa and Springfield.

Electric utilities throughout Missouri and some neighboring Midwest states had their hands full with the work to recover from widespread power interruptions affecting thousands of Missouri electric customers, caused by heavy snowfall and ice that downed trees, limbs and power lines.

The assistance coordinated among the Missouri Public Utility Alliance’s member cities was coordinated through MPUA’s mutual aid network, a network of utilities that have agreements in place allowing staff to assist neighboring communities and states during widespread outages. Assisting cities are reimbursed by the municipal utilities receiving assistance.

Read also: Public power utilities help Columbia Water & Light with restoration (Public Power Daily, Jan. 16, 2019)



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