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Nearly 500 workers from MidAmerican and Alliant heading to Florida

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With Florida’s widespread outages from Hurricane Irma, MidAmerican Energy has sent more than 250 employees to help out.

While in the region, workers will be repairing utility infrastructure and restoring power.

Related: Irma now a tropical storm, but still lashing Florida and Georgia

“A storm of this size and magnitude will cause widespread devastation to utility infrastructure and the restoration effort will require help from across the nation,” said James Dougherty, vice president of electric delivery for MidAmerican Energy. “We are well-prepared and pleased to honor requests for assistance when a natural disaster or severe, widespread weather event occurs. We take our responsibilities as a provider of essential energy services very seriously and understand the importance of helping restore power safely and effectively in any situation.”

Alliant Energy is also dispatching around 200 employees from Iowa and Wisconsin to the hurricane zone. The group includes line workers, safety staff, vehicle mechanics, support staff and managers.

They will join more than 18,000 utility crews from across 30 states and Canada working to restore power to more than 6 million people.