Indiana co-ops provide assistance after Kentucky ice storm

Posted on Mar 30 2021 in Marshall County REMC
Lineworker working in ice storm in KY

Marshall County REMC was one of three Indiana electric cooperatives to send crews and equipment to assist with the power restoration effort in Kentucky after an ice storm moved through the state in mid-February. 

Twelve Indiana electric cooperatives lineworkers were dispatched to Licking Valley Rural Electric Cooperatives in West Liberty, Kentucky, to assist in the power recovery effort after more than half of the electric distribution cooperative’s consumers were left without electricity. In addition to Marshall County REMC, crews from two additional Indiana electric cooperatives responded: Hendricks Power Cooperative (Avon) and South Central Indiana REMC (Martinsville). 

“Every cooperative in the Indiana Electric Cooperatives family is an integral part of a state and national network of hundreds of fellow cooperatives,” said Dave Lewallen, CEO of Marshall County REMC. “It is incumbent upon us to work together and help one another in times of disaster, to make sure our power delivery systems are repaired as quickly, safely and cost-effectively as possible.

“We take care of emergency needs at home first, but our crews are eager to help those in need,” Lewallen added. “They take a tremendous amount of pride in representing their home cooperative and the state of Indiana. They represent us well with how hard, professionally and safely they work.”

The Indiana electric cooperative mutual aid program provides cooperative assistance in service restoration from storms or other events that result in significant power outages.  

We would like to thank our linemen Zachary Booker, Jason Hughes and Josh VanVactor for their hard work!