Sether helps restore power in Irma’s aftermath

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Lineworkers from at least seven Iowa communities were recently deployed to help restore power in the aftermath of Hurricane Irma.

The major hurricane struck Florida on Sept. 10 and left more than 6.5 million electric customers — nearly two-thirds of the state — without power. As part of a national mutual aid response, electric crews from Iowa municipal utilities headed to Florida on Sunday, Monday, and Tuesday to help restore power to the communities impacted.

Lineworker Lane Sether of Lake Park was deployed to Moore Haven, Florida, with a bucket truck. He was joined in Moore Haven by workers and equipment from Alta, Denison, Sioux Center and Spencer.

Lineworkers from Ames and Muscatine went to Wauchula, Florida.

Altogether, 15 Iowa employees took four bucket trucks, two digger derricks, two pole trailers, two digger trucks, a take-up real trailer and a crew cab pickup truck to Florida.

The Iowa crews were part of more than 44,000 electric workers responding to assist electric utilities across Florida and the hurricane impacted states. Iowa efforts were coordinated by IAMU, the Iowa Association of Municipal Utilities as part of a coordinated national response with the American Public Power Association.

“While we don’t have hurricanes in Iowa, we do have natural disasters, including tornadoes and floods, that can disrupt our power supply and other utilities,” IAMU Executive Director Troy DeJoode said. “Through these experiences, we know firsthand the importance of the mutual aid response. I’m proud of our members for stepping forward to help in the power restoration efforts in Florida and appreciate the coordination and teamwork that our IAMU members have shown through this experience.”

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