Seven men in four trucks left from La Follette Utilities Board (LUB) this morning at 6 am. The crew is Florida-bound. TOP PHOTO: Brandon Shown of LUB preps his digger truck for the long drive to the Sunshine State.
L-R Blake McCullah, Mike Owens, Robert Fritts, Brad Ivey, Bryan Templin, Jordan McDeerman and Brandon Shown are the LUB crew members on their way to Florida this morning.
LUB employees are driving to one of the areas of the Florida panhandle where Hurricane Michael hit the hardest- Blountstown.
Katie Hayes shares a look out the back door of her Blountstown home and below is after the storm hit. She is among those in this tiny Florida town without electricity.
LUB General Manager Kenny Baird explained Blountstown is a small community owned power system like LaFollette’s but is about the size of Jellico’s utility. “It’s a chance for us to help a fellow utility system much like our own,” said Baird.
Baird has no idea when his crew will return. Blountown’s entire utility system is on the ground, he said.
Blountstown is about half-way between Panama City and Tallahassee and for Shown (above) and the rest of the crew, this is about a 10-hour drive of more than 500 miles.
The Blountstown power system will be billed at LUB’s cost for its efforts to get the tiny town back in the power business.
Baird said the demand for help was very high, because those on the East coast have yet to completely recover from their hurricane nightmare from just a few weeks ago. (WLAF NEWS PUBLISHED – 10/12/2018-6AM-LUB PHOTOS COURTESY OF LUB’S KENNY BAIRD)