Upper Cumberland Electric Membership Corporation is sending two crews of lineworkers and equipment to assist Baldwin Electric Membership Corporation with recovery efforts near Gulf Shores, Alabama. Hurricane Sally slammed the Gulf Coast with winds and heavy rain, leaving more than a half million residents without power.

“We’re proud of our linemen for volunteering to assist the Baldwin EMC crews,” said UCEMC General Manager Jimmy Gregory. “They will be working long days in difficult conditions, but they were quick to respond to the call for help. We ask that the public keep them and their families in your thoughts and prayers while they are away.”

Crews from UCEMC’s Livingston and Carthage District offices left from Carthage on Friday and expected to arrive in Gulf Shores early Friday evening. It is unclear how long they will be in Alabama. These nine linemen from UCEMC are joining other co-op lineworkers from across Tennessee who will be assisting with hurricane recovery efforts.

Tennessee Electric Cooperative Association in Nashville is coordinating requests for mutual aid and makes travel and lodging arrangements for crews who respond.

David Callis, executive vice president and general manager of Tennessee Electric Cooperative Association, said, “It is an honor to work alongside so many brave and selfless individuals who leave behind family and the comforts of home to serve strangers in need. Godspeed, gentlemen, and thank you for the important work you do.”

UCEMC is a member-owned cooperative that provides power to more than 50,000 homes and businesses in the Upper Cumberland.