Fourteen Rock Hill lineworkers are on their way to Jacksonville, Fla., to help put the power back on following Hurricane Irma’s destructive damage earlier this week.
The lineworkers were scheduled to leave before dawn Wednesday, head to Orangeburg to meet with other lineworkers throughout the state, then drive down to Jacksonville. Lineworkers called to disaster areas are typically kept on for as long as they are needed, said deputy city manager Jimmy Bagley.
The crew is taking at least seven trucks to Florida to help with the cleanup effort. As of Wednesday morning, it’s estimated about 4.4 million Florida residents are still without power following Irma, which created a trail of death and destruction throughout the Southeast.
There will still be a skeleton crew of lineworkers servicing Rock Hill in the interim, Bagley said.