Crews from WPS head south to help restore power

Ashwaubenon - Nearly half of the residents down in Florida are still without power following the aftermath of Hurricane Irma and while power companies are working to restore power they are overwhelmed, so they asked for help.

Answering the call is a dedicated group of supervisors and lineman who left Ashwaubenon today around noon with 20 people in ten different trucks.

"We are just going down there to help," said Jeremy Spoelstra a supervisor with WPS. "It's going to be very gratifying to go down there and assist."

Even though a majority of the team has experience in helping turn the lights back on following hurricanes, there is still that unknown of where they will be and where they will sleep.

"We'll just take what we can get," said Mark Slusarek a lineman with WPS. "When a storm hits I always get the satisfaction of knowing that I've made someone happier at the end of the day when their lights come back on."

The crew expects to get to Atlanta in a day and a half, from there they don't know if they will be working in Florida or Georgia, however they will be doing what they do here in Wisconsin following one of our storms.

They will work sixteen hour days and safety was preached at their last briefing before taking off.


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