COT utility crews head to SC to help restore power after Florence

Posted at 11:20 AM, Sep 16, 2018
and last updated 2018-09-16 11:20:00-04

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) - The City of Tallahassee sent off crews to South Carolina early Saturday morning.

They're going to help a utility company called Santee Cooper.

Thousands of customers are without power due to Florence.

Tallahassee's team is part of more than 130 lineworkers and service personnel from Florida that's helping out Santee Cooper. 

"We're going to try restoring some people's lives. All the municipalities of Florida have a mutual aid agreement between them," said Heath Gebhart, Line Crew Foreman. "When catastrophic events happen in their area, we go lend a hand, getting lights back on, clearing roads. It gives other utilities the resources available to help them get their quality of life back." 

The city says the crews will stay in South Carolina until their job is done, but will head back if they're needed here at home.