Little Rock, Ark. – Nov. 5, 2012 – Electric Cooperatives of Arkansas crews from four distribution cooperatives have been dispatched to assist with power restoration efforts in New York. The outages are the result of Hurricane Sandy.

Crews from Clay County Electric Cooperative of Corning, First Electric Cooperative of Jacksonville and North Arkansas Electric Cooperative of Salem were dispatched to New York on Saturday, while crews from Mississippi County Electric Cooperative of Blytheville began the 1,300 mile trek today. These crews are in addition to Arkansas Electric Cooperatives, Inc. (AECI) crews entering their second week of assistance.

“The crews from Clay County, First, Mississippi County and North Arkansas will assist Long Island Power once they complete the 1,300 mile trek,” said Doug Evans, AECI manager of safety and loss control. “The Arkansas crews will join more than 11,000 workers that are restoring service to approximately 270,000 Long Island Power consumers that are still out.” The utility reported that power has been returned to more than 700,000 customers.

AECI crew members are working for Orange and Rockland Utilities based in Pearl River, N.Y. The subsidiary of Consolidated Edison, Inc. reports that about 250,000 customers were without service at the peak of the outage and approximately 61,800 are currently without service.

“Our crews continue to restore service to residents in and around the Suffern, N.Y. area,” said Pat McClafferty, vice president of utility sales and services for AECI. “The consumers are very thankful for the work that our men are doing. Our crews are working long days in less than perfect conditions. However, they are dedicated to working as efficiently and safely as possible to restore power.”

The Electric Cooperatives of Arkansas comprise 17 electric distribution cooperatives; Arkansas Electric Cooperatives Inc. (AECI), a Little Rock-based cooperative that provides various services to the distribution cooperatives; and Arkansas Electric Cooperative Corp. (AECC), a generation and transmission cooperative. The distribution cooperatives provide electricity to more than 500,000 members, or customers, in Arkansas and surrounding states.

For additional information, contact:
Rob Roedel, Electric Cooperatives of Arkansas, 501.570.2296 or