LES crews arrive in Florida to help with Hurricane Michael relief

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LINCOLN, Neb. (KOLN) -- Crews from Lincoln Electric System and Grand Island Utilities arrived in Tallahassee, Florida around 1:00 Friday morning.

According to LES, they had their first briefing on the Hurricane Michael damage and will now get to work restoring power.

Fourteen LES employees, with nine vehicles, left Lincoln on Wednesday morning and headed to Florida. They were also joined by crew members and vehicles from Grand Island Utilities.

“Strong winds have the potential to cause significant power outages,” said Dan Pudenz, LES vice president of energy delivery. “Our crews will work diligently to assist other public utilities during their time of need.”

The American Public Power Association, comprised of more than 2,000 community-owned electric utilities in the United States, helped to coordinate this assistance effort. LES is a member of this mutual aid network and is reimbursed for all costs of deploying crews to assist other utilities.

The City of Tallahassee said Friday the goal is to reach 90 percent restoration by the end of the weekend.

LES tweeted a few pictures of its employees at work Friday, which you can see below.


LES crews working to help those affected by Hurricane Michael in Florida.
LES crews working to help those affected by Hurricane Michael in Florida.
LES crews working to help those affected by Hurricane Michael in Florida.
LES crews working to help those affected by Hurricane Michael in Florida.