WESTERVILLE, Ohio (WCMH) – Line workers from Westerville Electric are on standby, ready to help with power restoration once Hurricane Dorian hits.
They left Westerville Sunday morning and got to Macon, Georgia Sunday evening. The four Westerville Electric workers are staging there for the time being.
“It’s pretty satisfying to go down and help them get their electric back on with everything else they’re dealing with,” said foreman Todd Head.
Westerville Electric has helped out in Florida after hurricanes before. The company was there last year after Hurricane Michael. Head went down with the company in 2017 after Hurricane Irma.
“It’s something like we don’t see in Ohio,” Head said. “I mean, we get storms in Ohio but the devastation from a hurricane, it’s a whole other thing.”
Westerville Electric is part of a mutual aid network made up of companies ready to help out in other parts of the country.
“I know the line workers have told me that this is one of their favorite, most rewarding parts of their job when they can go somewhere they’re needed and help,” said Chris Monacelli, electric utility manager for Westerville Electric. “They love to jump in and help people and this is another opportunity to do that.”
At the moment, the plan is for the Westerville Electric workers to go Ocala, Florida, but they could be sent somewhere else depending on storm damage. It’s expected they could be down there for up to a week.
“Of course, leaving our families and stuff, they don’t like that, but when you get to go down and help people that are in that type of situation, it’s worth it,” said Head.
Before leaving, Westervile Electric asked the community to drop off water for the crew to bring down. More than 150 cases were donated. The crew will then distribute it in areas in need.