Michigan utilities send crews to assist amid Hurricane Irma

DETROIT (AP/WLNS) – Michigan utilities are sending hundreds of workers to Florida so they’re ready to assist with power restorations when Hurricane Irma hits the state.

DTE Energy is sending roughly 300 line workers plus 100 tree trimmers. They’re expected to reach northern Florida by Friday afternoon, where they’ll be on standby until needed.

More than 200 Consumers Energy employees and contract personnel are headed from Michigan to Florida to assist local electric companies preparing for the hurricane. They’re also expected to arrive on Friday and could remain in Florida for up to two weeks.

“We are ready and willing to assist our colleagues in Florida as they prepare for this historic hurricane,” said Guy Packard, Consumers Energy vice president of electric energy operations.

Friday the Lansing Board of Water and Light is sending a three-person crew to Ft. Pierce, Florida to assist in restoring power in the wake of Hurricane Irma.

Michigan utilities often get help from out-of-state crews during major outages. During a storm in July, for example, crews from four states assisted Consumers Energy in its restoration work.

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