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City of Tallahassee electric crews headed to Louisiana

Posted at 12:06 PM, Jul 11, 2019
and last updated 2019-07-11 17:08:54-04

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) — City of Tallahassee electric crews are headed to Lafayette, Louisiana to provide help as Tropical Storm Barry threatens the state's coast.

The City of Tallahassee announced that the team, which is comprised of 41 people, will deploy Thursday for Lafayette. Once there, they will provide mutual aid assistance for impacts from Tropical Storm Barry, which is strengthening as it moves through the Gulf of Mexico.

“The spirit of Tallahassee knows no boundaries. I’m proud of our dedicated City crews who are leaving their families and heading into the storm on the Louisiana delta to aid our fellow Americans,” Mayor John Dailey said. “They skillfully perform their duties every day here for our community and will take that same dedication with them to provide aid when it is needed most.”

The city’s team, which includes 26 electric employees and two fleet mechanics, will assist the Lafayette Utilities System.

Despite sending a crew, city officials say they are continuing to remain prepared and on alert for local impacts as the threat from this storm system continues to lessen for our community. Should the storm shift and severe weather impact the Tallahassee area, additional city crews will be ready to respond, and those that are deployed may be called home.

Line Crew Supervisor for the City of Tallahassee, Heath Gebhart, says the crews will spend the night in Alabama, and then make it to Louisiana on Friday.

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