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Iowa utility workers part of massive effort to fix Florida's electric system

14 September 2017, 12:59 | Harold Aguilar

Electric crews from Arkansas to assist in recovery efforts in Florida, South Carolina

Disaster area

The storm made landfall on September 10, leaving millions of people without electricity and running water in vast swaths of the state.

However, Irma's westward shift focused the pre-storm preparation to Georgia and Florida, where millions of people are without electricity. It swamped homes, uprooted massive trees, flooded streets, cast boats ashore, snapped miles of power lines and toppled construction cranes atop the Miami skyline. In some spots, full restoration could take weeks.

More than 60 Lexington County customers served by Mid-Carolina Electric Cooperative were among those losing power, down from 640 earlier Monday. He expects the four men traveling to Georgia will be busy every day, working in conditions unknown - perhaps in high waters or high winds.

The organization's release says line crews from any US electric cooperative can join the effort because the network of transmission and distribution infrastructure owned by cooperatives is built to federal standards. All the Wisconsin volunteers are assigned to assist rebuilding at Clay Electric Cooperative, headquartered in northeast of Gainesville, which had approximately 130,000 members out of power.

The Indiana mutual aid program is coordinated by Indiana Electric Cooperatives' job training and safety department.

When reached Monday morning, Froemming said the local cooperative was waiting for word on where help would be needed.

"We've basically cut them in half", she said.

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