Millions of people in the southeast are returning to damaged and dark homes following Hurricane Irma, but as they do, volunteers are right there with them and ready to help rebuild their communities.
“Getting power back is one of the first steps to getting back to normal life,” Gulf Power Engineer Josh Rogers said.
Gulf Power Linemen were up early Tuesday morning in Panama City, saying goodbye to their families, packing their bucket trucks, and heading east. The 150-person storm team is joining a massive coordinated effort to restore power in Florida and Georgia.
“We’re going to work 16 hour days, 7 days a week. We’re going to do it safely. We’re going to do it the right way,” Rogers said.
This restoration effort will be different, however, as line crews expect they’ll have to rebuild power grid systems in many of the hardest hit areas. Crews could be gone as long as three weeks.
“This is how we handle storms. We share our resources when we have brothers and sisters and we have other utilities in need,” said Stan Connally, Gulf Power President and CEO.
“It’s very humbling we get the opportunity to go into people’s communities and return a little bit of normalcy,” Rogers said.