LES linemen to head south to help with Hurricane Michael

Crews with the Lincoln Electrical System packed their equipment Tuesday, getting ready to help with hurricane relief in Florida. 

“This is what we do, why we get in this field, is to do storm work, line work, help each other out, help the public out, it’s bred into us, being line men,” said crew leader John Rohrs. 

He’s one of 14 from LES and 6 from Grand Island who will leave for Tallahassee Wednesday morning. They’ll remain there until Hurricane Michael makes landfall. 

LES has sent linemen to New Jersey, South Carolina and Florida in previous years. Rohrs, himself, helped with Hurricane Sandy. 

Rohrs said the work typically involves repairing downed lines and transformers.

“We’re confident in their abilities when our guys go, we are confident in the skills and work ethic they bring,” LES’ VP for Energy Deliver Dan Pudenz said. “We’re confident they’ll work in a safe manner and return home and we’re confident they’ll represent Nebraska well.”

Rohrs said they’ll probably stay around 10-14 days and the team will provide updates throughout their time there. 

Channel 8 will have reporter BriAna Cambell live from LES’ service center as crews leave tomorrow morning at 6:00 a.m.

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