Missouri crews return from hurricane relief efforts

  

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Crews from Missouri have returned home after volunteering their time and resources to help restore power in Florida after Hurricane Irma. Hundreds of lineman, contractors, tree crews and support staff from Missouri utility providers made the trip south to help turn utilities back on after the storm left millions without power. According to the Edison Electric Institute, at the hurricane’s peak on Sept. 11, more than 7.8 million Florida residents experienced a disruption in power.

Hundreds of lineman, contractors, tree crews and support staff from Missouri utility providers, including Kansas City Power & Light and Ameren, as well as graduates of the State Technical College of Missouri, made the trip south to help turn utilities back on after the storm left millions without power. More than 60,000 utility workers from across the nation were mobilized to assist, marking the largest power restoration in U.S. history.

According to Ameren, crews were greeted by appreciative customers who provided food, drink, and notes of thanks as they worked to restore power in extreme heat and difficult conditions.

“I am thankful to everyone – line workers, logistics and support staff — who have spent countless hours working safely to help those in need,” Michael Moehn, chairman and president of Ameren Missouri, said. “The residents of Florida showed an outpouring of gratitude for these tremendous efforts.”

And after more than a week spent working tirelessly to help repair damaged lines and systems, crews finally returned home in late September.

 

Here are some photos courtesy of Ameren:

Benjamin Peters is a reporter for the Missouri Times and Missouri Times Magazine, and also produces the #MoLeg Podcast. He joined the Missouri Times in 2016 after working as a sports editor and TV news producer in mid-Missouri. Benjamin is a graduate of Missouri State University in Springfield. To contact Benjamin, email benjamin@themissouritimes.com or follow him on Twitter @BenjaminDPeters.