Sun­shine folks: L.I. elec­tri­cians

New York Daily News - - NEWS - GIN­GER ADAMS OTIS

Florida is re­gain­ing its juice with the help of 180 Long Island elec­tri­cians who flew to the Sun­shine State ahead of Hur­ri­cane Irma. The work­ers, all mem­bers of In­ter­na­tional Brother­hood of Elec­tri­cal Work­ers Lo­cal 1049, have been de­ployed to Day­tona Beach and Mi­ami to help re­store power in the wake of the pow­er­ful storm that swept the penin­sula last week­end. “We ar­rived here ahead of the storm, so we would be in place when it passed,” said Greg Red­mond, Lo­cal 1049 fore­man. “We’re putting on a lot of lights. There’s downed lines, bro­ken poles, a lot of blow fuses,” he said. About 90 work­ers were in Day­tona Beach and an­other 90 in Mi­ami, where the dam­age was much worse, he said. The Long Island crews would likely be de­ployed there an­other week or two, Red­mond said. While Hur­ri­cane Irma cer­tainly left its mark, it wasn’t the worst storm Red­mond had ever seen. “Noth­ing com­pares to Ka­t­rina, it was com­plete dev­as­ta­tion,” said Red­mond, who flew to that nat­u­ral disas­ter in Louisiana to help re­store elec­tric­ity there, too.

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