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Florida utilities ask DME to help rebuild after Hurricane Irma

A crew of 20 linemen and other electric utility workers are packing for a trip to Ocala, Florida, to help in recovery efforts after Hurricane Irma strikes Florida this weekend. 

In a memo to the Denton City Council, Deputy City Manager Bryan Langley said the city received a request from the Florida Municipal Electric Association in anticipation of the need for help in restoring power to affected areas. The Denton crew is expected to leave Monday. 

The city will be reimbursed for the work under mutual aid agreements with the utilities, Langley wrote. 

Similarly, the city government expects to be reimbursed by the Federal Emergency Management Association for the assistance that city firefighters, police, water, sewer, parks, streets and other crews have provided in the wake of Hurricane Harvey. 

FEATURED PHOTO: DME lineman replace a utility pole on West Sycamore Street recently. (DRC file photo)