Ameren employees work on a power line. | Courtesy of Ameren

Missouri utility workers, state employees travel to help with Irma relief



About 125 Missouri linemen representing 20 electric cooperatives planned to travel to Florida and Georgia on Tuesday afternoon to assist communities affected by Hurricane Irma.

Association of Missouri Cooperatives Vice President Jim McCarty said Missouri linemen have been working hurricanes since 2004’s Hurricane Ivan.

The Missouri Department of Transportation also is lending a hand, sending more than 50 people to Florida along with heavy equipment, including trucks, loaders and backhoes. They will help clear storm debris from roads, according to a news release.

The Missouri Department of Natural Resources is also sending 18 state park employees. The news release said that 168 of Florida’s 174 state parks have been closed because of storm damage, and the state park workers will be helping to clean them.

Read more: Missourinet, Columbia Missourian

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