A five-man Electric Services Department crew will head to Georgia tomorrow morning, Wednesday, Sept. 13, 2017, to help restore power in the aftermath of Hurricane Irma.
Bart Chapman, Houston King, Phillip Campbell, Ethan Burns, and Gary Benfield, with the City Electric Services Department, will take two City electric trucks and join a convoy of electric workers from the cities of Gastonia, Concord, Statesville and Kings Mountain as they head to the Peach State. The workmen will help set poles, repair electric lines, and restore power in the area.
City Electric Services Department Director Brooks Kirby said the crew would work in Georgia for about a week. When they return to Morganton, Kirby plans to send another crew further south to Florida.
“The towns we work in will do their best to provide housing, food, etc, but sometimes our guys will have to sleep in their truck, or in tents,” Kirby said. “Keep them and everyone who suffered losses in your prayers.”
The City of Morganton is one of the nation’s 2,000+ community-owned electric utilities, serving more than 48 million people in the United States of America; that’s about 14 percent of the nation's electric consumers. Public power utilities are operated by local governments to provide communities with reliable, responsive, not-for-profit electric service. Public power utilities are directly accountable to the people they serve through local elected or appointed officials.
The City of Morganton and other public power communities have mutual aid agreements in place to help each other recover after major disasters.
Bart Chapman, Houston King, Phillip Campbell, Ethan Burns, Gary Benfield with the City Electric Services Department will head to Georgia tomorrow, Wednesday, Sept. 13, 2017, morning to help restore power after Hurricane Irma.