Carthage lineman return after work to restore power in wake of Hurricane Ian

CWEP crews worked 16-hour days in the Orlando, Florida area under the direction of the Orlando Utilities Commission (OUC)
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CWEP lineman return to Carthage Wednesday, Oct 5 (foreground). CWEP lineman in Orlando, Florida, Saturday October 1, 2022 (background), both courtesy CWEP.

CARTHAGE, Mo. — 1,300 miles was the final leg of the trip home for lineman from CWEP (Carthage Water and Electric Plant). They embarked more than a week ago in anticipation of Hurricane Ian that knocked out power to about 3 million people.

Crews moved in quickly hours after the storm passed and were stationed near Orlando, Fla. CWEP lineman worked 16-hour days directed in part by the Orlando Utilities Commission (OUC).

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CWEP lineman heading to Florida to assist in anticipated recovery as Hurricane Ian gains strength and heads towards Florida. Courtesy CWEP, Sept 27, 2022. (L-R) Justin (Electrical Distribution Foreman), Derek (Electrical Distribution Manager), Jeff (Electrical Distribution Lead Foreman), Chance (Journeyman Lineman), Chris (Apprentice Lineman), and Jake (Apprentice Lineman).

On Saturday, October 1, alone, “they were working to restore power to over 98,000 customers and by noon had that number down to just 28,000,” CWEP states in a media release.

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