Austin Utilities Workers Return from Helping Hurricane Victims

September 21, 2017 11:19 PM

(ABC 6 News) --  Workers for Austin Utilities are back home after helping restore power to victims of Hurricane Irma in Florida.

Three line workers spent more than a week traveling and working in cities throughout Florida, cleaning up the destruction left by the storm.


Each man was separated into different crews, going from city to city to repair broken poles and wires.  Along the way, they encountered people desperate, and thankful, for their help.

After Hurricane Andrew in 1992, residents in Lake Worth were without power for seven weeks.  Emergency officials wanted to get electricity restored to that area quickly given what they went through before.

"There were literally people running up to the truck wanting their lights turned on," said Steve Tiegs, lead line worker. "When we stopped for other reasons - wires down and stuff like that - we'd have neighbors come out that we didn't have orders to go help but we would stop, and get them back on as soon as we could."

Workers from Rochester Public Utilities were also down in Florida.  They were expected to return Thursday night.


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