FPL crews head to north Florida to help restore power

POMPANO BEACH, FLA. (WSVN) - Florida Power and Light crews are en route to north Florida to help restore power following the destruction left behind by Hurricane Michael.

A total of 16 crew members departed from the Pompano Beach Service Plaza at around 9 a.m., Thursday. They are headed to the Lake City area, where they will be stationed until they are called to action.

“In a situation like this, you never know what you’re stepping into,” said Richard Gibbs, with FPL. “A lot of assessments are still being made in terms of the damage and the resources needed, so we’re actually trying to get our crews in a location where they can be easily deployed.”

According to officials, these crews train year round to be ready for emergency situations.

“You’re stepping into a situation where there’s been a massive hurricane, a category 4, almost a category 5, and in a lot of situations, accessibility could be an issue or flooding could be an issue,” said Gibbs, “so basically it’s a wait and see scenario, until we find out how we can properly assess the situation.”

Crews from Miami-Dade and Broward counties will be on hand to help restore power.

“You hate to see someone that’s doing bad and in dire need, but we look at those things, and that makes us want to assist even more,” said Operations Section Chief Gregory Jones.

This is just the latest group of South Florida response teams rising to the call for help. On Wednesday, firefighters from Sunrise, Tamarac, Miami, Miami Beach and Hialeah hit the road to help with rescue and recovery efforts in the Panhandle.

Three trucks loaded with about 20,000 pounds of supplies were also deployed from Homestead Wednesday, courtesy of Farm Share.

“Bringing hope to help people,” said Gussie Flynn, with Farm Share.

The charitable packing house already has 16 trucks stationed in Quincy that are ready to assist in the most affected areas with cleanup kits, flashlights, non-perishables, water and more.

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