COLUMBUS, Miss. (WTVA) - As Hurricane Michael moves across the Florida panhandle and more, several local crews are going there to help in recovery.
Crews from Tupelo, Starkville and the Golden Triangle are on their way.
We would like to wish safe travels to five of our team members as they travel to Tallahassee, FL to aid local utility companies in response to #HurricaneMichael! #YourCityOurStarkville pic.twitter.com/BdohwmFdvY
— City of Starkville (@COStarkville) October 10, 2018
One such crew is from 4-County Electric Power Association.
They will leave out Thursday morning to assist Tri-County Electric in Central Florida restore power in the aftermath of the hurricane.
“We really don’t know what we’re walking into,” said Tommy Reed. “Yet I really have to keep me and my guys safe. That’s the number one priority.”
Along with crew members, the power association will send large pieces of equipment to assist, including bucket, digger and service trucks.
Reed says he’s only experienced this kind of preparation for a recovery mission with Hurricane Katrina in 2005 and adds he couldn’t believe his eyes.
Crew members say they are not sure how long they will be in Florida, but it can be more than a dozen days.
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