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Utility crews working tirelessly to get communities up and running

Utility crews working tirelessly to get communities up and running
Utility crews working tirelessly to get communities up and running
Posted at 11:45 AM, Oct 13, 2018
and last updated 2018-10-13 08:32:40-04

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) - In the wake of Hurricane Michael, utility crews are in the trenches to get our communities up and running. 

At the height of the power outages, more than 90 percent of residents lost electricity during Hurricane Michael and many are still waiting for it to come back on. 

Talquin Electric and the City of Tallahassee are working long hours to get everyone's utilities back on. Bobby Robinson with Talquin says he's never seen a destructive force like Hurricane Michael. 

A lot of devastation, county-wide, two or three counties wide. Large large trees, lots of damage to lots of poles, large trees coming down on wire breaking numerous poles," said Robinson. "So it's very widespread destruction across our service area for sure."  

Line workers are working 16 hours a day, in dangerous conditions, but Robinson says everyone is coming together to help and that they have mutual aid coming from as far as Missouri and Kansas. 

Talquin Electric Cooperative serves four counties: Leon, Gadsden, Liberty and Wakulla. That's a total of about 52,000 members and over 90 percent of them lost power due to Hurricane Michael. 

As the recovery work continues Robinson says that with as much damage as Hurricane Michael brought, he thinks line crews have made very good headway so far.