Carthage lineman rollout to meet Hurricane Ian in Florida

6 lineman from CWEP will be in place to respond immediately when the storm weakens
CWEP lineman leaving for Florida, September 27, 2022. Courtesy CWEP.

CARTHAGE, Mo. — Hurricane Ian is forecasted to hit Florida late Wednesday. Forecasters say it’s going to be the one storm they never wanted to happen. Possible Category 4.

Early Tuesday morning linemen from the Carthage area loaded up to head to Florida so they can respond immediately when the storm weakens.


CWEP lineman heading to Florida to assist in anticipated recovery as Hurricane Ian gains strength and heads towards Florida. Courtesy CWEP, Sept 27, 2022. (L-R) Justin (Electrical Distribution Foreman), Derek (Electrical Distribution Manager), Jeff (Electrical Distribution Lead Foreman), Chance (Journeyman Lineman), Chris (Apprentice Lineman), and Jake (Apprentice Lineman).

“Lineman headed out bright & early this morning for Orlando, Florida to aid in the recovery efforts following Hurricane Ian,” Carthage Water and Electric in a media release.

“We’re always proud when our crews are ready to answer the call to lend a hand in mutual aid situations such as this.”

Carthage is part of the MPUA (Missouri Public Utility Alliance). The six lineman from Carthage will join more than 50 other lineworkers crews from the Missouri cities of Chillicothe, Columbia, Hannibal, Higginsville, Independence, Macon, Nixa, Odessa, Palmyra, Poplar Bluff, and Springfield. And a crew from Conway, Arkansas.

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The workers will be equipped with more than 50 utility work vehicles, including bucket trucks, digger/derrick trucks, and other linework vehicles.

The responding crews are from ‘public power’ electric utilities, not-for-profit community-owned electric utilities that serve their individual cities, but also have agreements in place allowing staff to assist neighboring communities and states during widespread outages.

The mutual aid response is coordinated through MPUA’s mutual aid network. Assisting cities are reimbursed by the municipal utilities receiving assistance. Nationally, mutual aid agreements organized through the American Public Power Association link more than 2,000 public power and rural electric cooperatives, so they can help each other in times of need.” — MPUA

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Line crews from the MPUA Resource Services Corporation from Columbia, Mo. (MPUA-RSC) and Chillicothe Municipal Utilities (CMU) pause for a photo at MPUA just before their rollout for Florida, Sept 27, 2022.

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