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Andalusia, Troy utility crews in Florida to help with power outages

Andalusia, Troy utility crews in Florida to help with power outages

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Andalusia, Troy utility crews in Florida to help with power outages

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (WSFA) – Two south Alabama cities have sent crews to Florida as Hurricane Ian made landfall Wednesday. Troy Utilities dispatched 10 people to Ocala, a community 40 miles south of Gainesville.

Andalusia, Troy utility crews in Florida to help with power outages
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Utility crews from Andalusia and Troy are in Florida to help with power outages due to Hurricane Ian.

Six members of the City of Andalusia Utilities left Wednesday morning heading to Green Cove Springs, Florida. Green Cove Springs is south of Jacksonville.

Additionally, a construction crew and the drone inspection/assessment crew with the City of Troy also left Wednesday to help with the storm. The crewmen are in Ocala, FL helping to assist the local utility crew with damage recovery efforts from Hurricane Ian.

Andalusia, Troy utility crews in Florida to help with power outages

Hurricane Ian made landfall Wednesday afternoon as a category 4 in Southwest Florida.

Utility crews from Troy, Andalusia sent to Florida to help with power outages

Two south Alabama cities have sent crews to Florida as Hurricane Ian made landfall Wednesday.

Troy Utilities dispatched 10 people to Ocala, a community 40 miles south of Gainesville.

“We sent an eight-man line construction crew that included the foreman along with three bucket trucks and one digger derrick truck and then we sent a two-man drone crew,” said Troy Utilities general manager Brian Chandler.

Andalusia, Troy utility crews in Florida to help with power outages

“We sent an eight-man line construction crew that included the foreman along with three bucket trucks and one digger derrick truck and then we sent a two-man drone crew,” said Troy Utilities general manager Brian Chandler.

Before they go out and start restoration work, Andalusia Utilities electrical manager Jeff Puckett said they are waiting for the storm to pass through.

In Florida, there are reportedly a little more than 30,000 linemen, according to Puckett.

Both Alabama-based crews are staying in hotel rooms to ride out the storms and have stated that the work won’t start until the winds and rain stop.

Depending on the damage, power restoration could take up to two weeks for both crews.

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