High Plains Workers Help With Irma Recovery Effort

Oct 2, 2017

Hurricane Irma
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High Plains energy workers are doing their part to support the largest power restoration effort in the history of the United States.

As The Amarillo Globe-News reports, 36 Xcel employees from Amarillo spent a week in Florida, helping thousands of families and businesses recover power in the wake of Hurricane Irma. The energy workers arrived in the state just after the hurricane had moved northward into Georgia. When the workers arrived, there were seven million people without power in the Sunshine State.

Xcel spokesman Wes Reeves said by the time they left after more than a week there, power in the state had been 99 percent restored.

The High Plains workers bunked in FEMA trailers while they helped with the recovery effort.

Xcel official Chester Brown praised the hospitality and kindness of the Floridians, who welcomed them with open arms.