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Alliant Energy crews to assist with Hurricane Irma response

Sep 14, 2017
Photo by: Submitted photo Some 200 Alliant Energy workers from Iowa and Wisconsin left Tuesday morning for Florida to aid in relief efforts in the wake of Hurricane Irma. Some of the trucks congregated and left from the Walmart parking lot in Mt. Pleasant.

Alliant Energy trucks hit the road early Tuesday morning to assist in the massive effort to restore power across Florida following Hurricane Irma.

In total, roughly 200 personnel from Iowa and Wisconsin have volunteered to spend the next two weeks away from their families to help the restoration efforts. This group includes line workers, safety staff, vehicle mechanics, support staff and managers.

Alliant Energy personnel and contractors are joining more than 18,000 utility crews from across 30 states and Canada working to restore power to more than 6 million people.

In addition, tree trimmers and other contractors paused their work for Alliant Energy customers to lend their expertise to the recovery.

Florida utilities requested help through a national mutual assistance program among utilities companies. In natural disaster events, it’s the power companies close to the disaster that respond; however, in this case, some Midwest energy companies are already assisting with the response to Hurricane Harvey, and the damage from Hurricane Irma was so extensive that the request for help has already been extended as well by costal energy companies.

Alliant Energy customers have benefited from this assistance when major storms hit Iowa. The most recent examples occurred in Iowa with the ice storm of 2007 and the floods of 2008. The last time Alliant Energy crews were needed in other parts of the country was in 2012 when Superstorm Sandy hit the East Coast.

 

Alliant Energy said they balance providing help with the need to keeping enough staff on hand in the event of storms at home. The costs are borne by the utilities that request help.

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