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Arkansas co-op lends helping hand to state in the path of hurricane

(Source: KAIT) (Source: KAIT)

As parts of the United States brace for Hurricane Matthew, utility companies in one state in the path of the storm will have extra hands on deck from an Arkansas cooperative.

Thursday morning, 10 Arkansas Electric Cooperatives crews began their journey to Macon, Georgia to help with restoration efforts once Matthew hits.

Mike Matty, an Arkansas Electric Cooperatives foreman, said when crews arrive in Macon, they’ll pair up with teams of the local co-op there and begin tackling the big fish.

[Hurricane Matthew restrengthens to Category 4; FL braces for impact]

“We hate it for the people,” Matty said. “It is bad that the storms are tearing people’s houses up and I hate it for people, but this is what we live to do.”

Helping out other companies is not out of the ordinary for Arkansas Electric Co-op crews, Matty said they’ve helped restore power after ice storms in Arkansas and have also traveled as far as New York when big natural disasters like Hurricane Sandy happen.

Right now, Matty isn’t sure when crews will return to Arkansas, he said that depends on the severity of the cases.

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