Local electric workers aid in Ike recovery

By Gabriel Monte: CNJ staff writer

Six Farmers Electric Cooperative linemen are helping to bring back power in areas in Texas and Louisiana hit by Hurricane Ike, according to utility company officials.

The linemen join other volunteers from Curry and Roosevelt counties who have assisted with relief efforts in areas hit by the hurricane.

Farmers Electric Cooperative spokesman Thom Moore said six Farmers Electric linemen left Monday after Rusk County Electric Cooperative officials asked for assistance.

He said Farmers Electric Cooperative linemen helped restore power to the Rusk County area when Hurricane Rita hit the region in 2005.

“They were familiar with us.,” he said.

Moore said the linemen are expected to be in the impacted area for about 10 to 14 days.

Rusk County is located about 80 miles west of the Texas-Louisiana border.

EMS Region III EMS Jan Elliott said 22 New Mexico EMS personnel, including eight from Curry and Roosevelt counties, were returning Wednesday from Texas after serving an eight-day mission in the hurricane-struck area.