The city of Alcoa Electric Department will send a five-man electric crew in the coming days to help Hurricane Florence recovery efforts to restore power in affected areas.
Spokeswoman Tricia Tipton said the department would wait to release the crew “until it is confident there are no extraordinary threats to its own customers’ service.”
She said the crew expects to be assigned to a North Carolina or South Carolina area utility, and could deploy as soon as Sunday, depending on what impact the storm has on Alcoa’s electric system.
“Given that our crews have received help when our system has been in need, the city of Alcoa crew is very much looking forward to giving back by assisting their fellow linemen and the people of the Carolinas in restoring the electric services damaged by Hurricane Florence,” she said.
Their equipment includes a four-wheel drive pickup, a 55-foot, tandem bucket truck and one digger derrick.
The crew plans to return no later than Sunday, Sept. 23.