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TVEC Crews Provide Assistance After Hurricane Laura

Cooperatives work together in response to natural disaster

Hurricane Laura hit with a bang on August 27, leaving a large swath of damage through Louisiana and a section of East Texas.

Of course Trinity Valley Electric Cooperative linemen were packed and ready to help in no time.

Ten TVEC linemen formed two crews and headed out early Saturday, August 29, to help at Deep East Texas Electric Cooperative.

TVEC lineworkers from the Kaufman district who worked to restore power in East Texas after Hurricane Laura included Scott Stewart, Hector Zarate, Victor Garcia, Zach Pollett and Casey Bagwell.

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“Our superintendent was extremely impressed with TVEC’s work approach and ethic and asked if they were willing to stay and help in some of our more inhospitable areas,” said DETEC General Manager Bryan Wood. “We were pleased when they agreed and moved into the heart of our hardest hit areas. For five days they worked to restore power in subdivisions adjoining Toledo Bend Reservoir. Our members are forever indebted to the men that came to their rescue.”

Cooperation among Cooperatives is one of the Seven Cooperative Principles, giving co-ops a much greater ability to respond to disasters as well as benefits in common training and work practices.