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City of Tallahassee utility workers head to Gainesville following severe weather

Posted at 6:00 PM, Feb 07, 2020
and last updated 2020-02-07 18:24:30-05

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) — The damage from Thursday’s storms can be seen all along northern Florida, and some cities fared better than others.

While Tallahassee did not see any major damage, Gainesville did.

Crews received a call Friday morning that they needed to head to Gainesville, and said they were eager to help out a neighboring city.

The City is able to send crews to other cities around Florida, and the country, thanks to mutual aid agreements with other utility companies. The crew consisted of about a dozen City of Tallahasee utility workers.

"So when there is a major storm event we have these agreements in place that we will back up each other,” said Rob McGarrah, General Manager of the COT Electric and Gas utility. “Just like we’re doing today. Sending folks down to Gainesville. And they have sent crews up to us.”

Tallahassee crews are expected to be back by the end of the weekend.