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Dothan Utilities is sending a crew to Tallahassee to restore power


DOTHAN, Ala. (WTVY) – Four hundred power poles are down after tornadoes ripped through Tallahassee.

“Initially they had more outages than Dothan Utilities served,” said Chris Phillips, deputy director at Dothan Utilities.

The number of poles downed exceeded the number affected during Hurricanes Hermine, Irma and Michael. This prompted a team of seven people from Dothan Utilities to lend a hand.

“Our guys really want to help,” Phillips said.

Linemen from Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana and South Carolina have been working since Friday afternoon.

“We normally try to rotate between four line crews and give everyone an opportunity to help their neighbors,” Phillips said.

This is possible thanks to a mutual aid agreement between the neighboring countries.

“This gives us the opportunity to help neighbors when they are in need,” Phillips said.

With more than 400 power lines affected by the storm in Tallahassee, the crew knew they had to pack their bags and hit the road, knowing they would do the same for them.

“During Hurricane Michael, some crews came through here,” Phillips said. “Without their help, we wouldn’t have been able to get all our customers back online.”

With tropical storm season on the horizon, Phillips wants to do everything he can to help families across the Southeast stay connected.

“We always try to send help for people,” Phillips said. “There always comes a day when Dothan Utilities needs something. It feels good to give something back.”

Crews are still working to get parts of Tallahassee back up and running, with Phillips saying Dothan Utilities crews will likely remain in Tallahassee through the end of the week.

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