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Xcel Energy Workers Return from Florida

By Clip Syndicate
Dozens from High Plains Helped Restore Power After Hurricane Irma

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Dozens from High Plains Helped Restore Power After Hurricane Irma
http://chic.clipsyndicate.com/video/playlist/12489/7108827?cpt=8&wpid=2637 Fri, 29 Sep 2017 02:05:27 +0000 Xcel Energy Workers Return from Florida Dozens from High Plains Helped Restore Power After Hurricane Irma http://chic.clipsyndicate.com/video/playlist/12489/7108827?cpt=8&wpid=2637 KCIT how one local excel energy worker describes the relief effort in florida. dozens of local workers were sent to the sunshine state to help restore power to millions who were left in the dark by hurrican irma. now that they're home..... they explain the devastation....... and more importantly..... the hope they saw from the victims. (kelly james: reporting) " nearly three weeks ago.... this convoy of xcel energy trucks left amarillo on its way to florida. about three dozen xcel employees made the trip. when they finally hit the sunshine state....... they got an up close look at the devastation. eric sherrill/xcel energy line foreman: 2152 when we were up north, it wasn't as bad as we thought it was going to look but when we got down south, it was a little bit more devastation, uprooted trees, things like that. lyle kjerstad/xcel energy lineman: 2420 once we did get in we finally got to work and got to get some lights on and that's the main part just going down there and helping people out. two thirds of the state was without power...... some six and a half million households. getting to the hardest hit areas was a chore in itself...... once they hit the florida panhandle..... it took up to eight hours to drive a hundred miles because many floridians who evacuated ahead of the storm were also returning home. lyle kjerstad/xcel energy lineman: 2440 the people in florida are great.... they'd bring us water, gatorade, home cooked meals, store bought meals. everybody is real happy to see us in their neighborhood. we got a lot of hoo rahs and thumbs up on the way down there. people really enjoyed seeing us pull in the neighborhoods. kjerstad says the elevated heat and humidity made the job tougher...... but, seeing hope coming from the victims themselves helped motivate them to get the job done. lyle kjerstad/xcel energy lineman: 2615 really brings out the american spirit when everyone is coming together to get something accomplished." (kelly:) xcel energy sent some 200- workers from the eight states they service....... three dozen of them from right here on the high plains including amarillo, lubbock, borger, hereford and clovis. (kelly:) we've reported in the last couple of weeks





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