Florida crews to help with Hurricane Delta in Louisiana

FILE; Photo taken August 28, 2002. Dozens of JEA trucks, deployed to Louisiana in preparation of Hurricane Laura

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – With Hurricane Delta expected to make landfall Friday in Louisiana, utility crews from Florida will help restore electricity after the storm. This is the fifth time this year JEA is sending crews to an area after it was hit by a hurricane.

They left at noon from JEA’s service center on Emerson. The agency is one of several utility companies sending crews on the 10-hour drive to Alexandria, Louisiana, to help.

Workers with Florida Power and Light, Duke Energy Florida and 10 municipal utilities including Jacksonville Beach are assisting, for a total of 450 employees and contractors.

The utility companies said extra safety measures will be taken because of the pandemic including social distancing, increased sanitation, and wearing masks.

The two dozen JEA crews are expected to arrive in Louisiana tomorrow afternoon and will begin restoration efforts immediately.

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