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Local crews are in Florida to help restore power

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Black Hills Energy crew. (Contributed photo: Black Hills Energy) Black Hills Energy crew. (Contributed photo: Black Hills Energy)
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Black Hills Energy crews from southern Colorado are now in Florida assisting with the efforts to restore power after Hurricane Irma.

Crews from Cañon City, Pueblo, Rocky Ford and Victor are part of the nearly 60,000 workers that have been deployed to the stricken area since Sept. 12.

"We were honored to answer the call to join our sister utilities in restoring power to the families and businesses impacted by this devastating hurricane," said Vance Crocker, vice president of electric operations for Black Hills Energy. "Mutual assistance is a hallmark of our industry, where utilities band together to help each other out during times like this when it is critical to get the power restored safely and as quickly as possible."

The workers are from a group of more than 250 investor-owned electric companies, power companies and electric cooperatives from across the U.S. and Canada that are helping with the Irma restoration effort. Those numbers come from the Edison Electric Institute.

The effort it will take to rebuild the electric system is expected to take several months because essential infrastructure was destroyed and badly damaged. Thousands of power poles were downed during this storm.

"Our crews are absolutely dedicated to the safety of the customers, communities and fellow utility workers supporting this effort," said Crocker. "They are working under extremely difficult and hazardous conditions and we are very proud of their service. We wish them a safe return to their families and friends."

You can follow their journey on the Black Hills Energy social media pages, Facebook and Twitter

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