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GRDA to assist in Florida after hurricane Irma hits

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Posted at 4:41 PM, Sep 08, 2017
and last updated 2017-09-08 17:42:28-04

PRYOR -- As the threat of hurricane Irma continues, crews in Green Country are bringing the Oklahoma standard to Florida.

Crews from the Grand River Dam Authority will leave tomorrow morning to offer assistance. Thirty men and 20 vehicles are heading out Saturday at 6 a.m. to the Lakeland Florida area.

Public Power Utilities from across the nation answered the call to help a state expecting devastation. Crews will help restore power, and also work on vegetation management, such as clearing line areas from debris.

GRDA crews are preparing to stay at least 3 weeks to offer assistance. Some actually have experience in assisting after Hurricanes, such as hurricane Rita and Matthew.

However, hurricane Irma's strength is calling for a lot more crews to respond this go around.

“I still think it's going to be a devastating storm and if it goes right up the middle of the state the way it looks like... I told someone earlier, these power lines are made to withstand a lot of extreme weather,” Justin Alberty with GRDA said. “But in the end mother nature is going to win most of the time.”

Crews expect to get to work immediately Monday, right after the storm blows through. Those going say they're not sure what to expect, but they are ready for anything.

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