Crews from Indiana's electric cooperatives are heading south to help get power back to those affected by Irma.
Florida Power and Light said more than 170,000 homes and businesses in Florida lost power after Irma went through the area. The company said it expects millions to lose power, with some areas having prolonged outages.
To help electric cooperatives get the power back on, about 60 linemen from Indiana’s electric cooperatives will leave Indiana Electric Cooperatives Tuesday. They will work with electric cooperatives near Macon, Georgia in two-week shifts until power is restored to the region.
“Every cooperative in the Indiana electric cooperative family is an integral part of a state and national network of hundreds of fellow cooperatives,” said Gayvin Strantz, vice president of job training and safety for Indiana Electric Cooperatives. “It is incumbent upon us to work together and help one another in times of disaster to make sure our power delivery systems are repaired as quickly, safely and cost-effectively as possible.”
Indiana Electric Cooperatives said the nation's electric cooperatives were built to federal standards, allowing line crews from any American electric cooperative can arrive on the scene ready to provide support, secure in their knowledge of the system’s engineering.