Tennesseans travel east to help with hurricane's aftermath - WKRN News 2

Tennesseans travel east to help with hurricane's aftermath


Before Hurricane Sandy made landfall Monday, groups from the Volunteer State were preparing to hit the road to help in the aftermath.

Electric crews were the first to head out.

"Eight Tennessee cooperatives are sending volunteer line workers and equipment to assist cooperatives in Virginia and Maryland," said David Callis, executive vice president and general manager of the Tennessee Electric Cooperative Association.

Duck River Electric Membership Corporation of southern Middle Tennessee was among those cooperatives. On Sunday morning, a manager, a foreman and three linemen were sent to Fredricksburg, Virginia.

In total, 60 line workers from cooperatives statewide are part of the efforts to restore power to the northeast.

Several other electric providers from the across the state are providing contract line crews and tree trimming crews.

However, some organizations are finding it difficult to help.

Churches of Christ Disaster Relief Effort [COCDRE] is known for responding in time of crisis by sending truckloads of emergency items like food, water, and cleaning supplies anywhere it's needed in the U.S.

A truck is currently loaded at the Nashville warehouse, but Executive Director Joe Dudney has been challenged by where to send it.

"You can't just go unload in the street," Dudney said. "You have to go where you can go and get where you can unload your trucks.  That's the details we're trying to work out."

COCDRE has two warehouses stocked with food and other essentials for hurricane victims.  The items are purchased through donations.

"I can take your dollar and ship $3 worth of goods," said Dudney.

Dudney said he hopes more money will be donated in the coming days to help the estimated 60 million people in as many as 13 states.

Click here for a complete list of organizations working to provide assistance to hurricane victims.

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