Thomasville utility crew back from Hurricane Matthew relief

Thomasville utility crew back from Hurricane Matthew relief

THOMASVILLE, GA (WALB) - Six Thomasville utility workers are back on the job after a week of helping folks in Jacksonville recovering from Hurricane Matthew.

The City of Thomasville answered the call for assistance from the Jacksonville Electric Authority.

The city has a mutual aid agreement, lending out help whenever it is needed.

The Thomasville crew worked on over a dozen different power outages.

They said some of the sites they worked on restored power to 2,000 to 3,000 customers at a time.

"Trees down, poles broken, wires down, pretty much the same damage you would see with hurricanes or tornado type storms. Damage we have definitely seen before or worked on before," said Brent Alderman, Thomasville Electric Operations Manager.

"Alot of people would ask us where we were from and they would ask us "Wow you came all the way from Georgia," said Scott Stevens, Lineman.

At the peak of Hurricane Matthew 250,000 customers, close to 55 percent of Jacksonville residents were without power.

JEA got mutual aid help from states as far as Texas and Oklahoma.

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