Electric crews from three cities in Lake and Sumter County are in North Carolina lending a hand with cleanup from Hurricane Florence. Teams from Leesburg, Mount Dora, and Bushnell are working in support of a cooperative agreement among the nation’s cities.
“Although the effects of the natural disasters are devastating, “said Leesburg City Manager Al Minner, “at times like these, public power is at its best because of our Mutual Aid Agreements to assist other communities to restore energy quickly and safely.”
A convoy of vehicles along with crews was sent north from the three cities’ electric departments to help with extensive recovery efforts. Their first assignment was to help in Greenville, North Carolina, then move elsewhere as needed.
“We are very proud of our Mount Dora Electric crew that traveled up to North Carolina to help in Hurricane Florence restoration around the state,” said City Manager Robin Hayes. “We appreciate our linemen and how hard they work, not just for Mount Dora, but for other areas outside of Florida needing our help. Our community appreciates their hard work and dedication. Their main focus is to help the citizens of North Carolina and associated regions in way possible.”
Many utility companies such as in Leesburg, Mount Dora and Bushnell have cooperative agreements to provide assistance during major disasters. Supplies, work and expenses are closely documented for reimbursement through the Federal Emergency Management Agency.
“Bushnell sent a truck and crew for the first time,” said Bushnell City Manager Jody Young. “I’m really proud of our guys. It made us feel good to be able to pay back for help we’ve received in the past. Our men were really busy (in North Carolina) and will be returning soon.”
Flooding from Hurricane Florence is extensive. Damage is estimated in the billions of dollars.
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