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Clockwise from top: A crew from Boone Electric works as a storm approaches. Twisted wire and broken poles greeted linemen sent to help. A
skid-steer was used to lift a new pole into position in a muddy right of way. Ozark Electric's crew had to drag this truck through the mud. A lineman
from Black River Electric works to complete this job before the sun sets. Below: This note of thanks was sent to United Electric's linemen.
"The men would think they were making progress, then
they would turn the corner and that span was worse. They
had to touch every span of wire, every pole."
Three weeks after Hurricane Laura's 150 mph, Category
4 winds wreaked havoc on the cooperative's power lines,
its members once again had to batten down the hatches as
Tropical Storm Beta inched closer. Concern for the safety
of the lineworkers temporarily halted the relief effort.
The storm dropped buckets of rain on an already soggy
landscape, but its forecasted winds didn't materialize. The
heat index soared to 105 degrees. Some
repairs required standing waist deep in
water, ever conscious of the threats from
alligators and cottonmouths, not to mention hordes of mosquitoes and love bugs,
a harmless but annoying fly.
"The mosquitoes weren't so bad.
We've got mosquitoes at home," says
SEMO Electric's Joe Hill, a 31-year
veteran lineman. "But the love bugs
- they don't bite but they sure like to
swarm around you. They really seem
to like those white trucks."
At one location, the men restored

power to a home that was the last in the neighborhood still
in the dark. "She walked in and flipped the switch. The
light came on and she just lost it," Joe says of the homeowner. "She was laughing, cheering and crying."
On Oct. 11, another 108 Missouri linemen returned
to Louisiana to rebuild what Hurricane Delta destroyed.
While the damage wasn't as severe, flooding from the
heavy rainfall made tracked vehicles a requirement.
Barry Electric Cooperative lineman Tim Thompson was
impressed with how patient the victims of the storm were
and appreciative of the help as the crews worked to restore
their power. They fed the linemen and left snacks
and drinks in their trucks.
"They were more concerned
with our safety than they were with
getting power back on," Tim says.
"When they treat you like that it
just makes you want to push that
much harder."
Through the response Missouri's
electric co-ops were able to return the
favor to Louisiana which sent crews
to help in Missouri after ice storms in
2007 and 2009.
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