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Workers for Wapakoneta Light and Power head to Florida to help with recovery

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While Irma tracks North along the west cost of Florida,, the group is heading South right into the storm. While Irma tracks North along the west cost of Florida,, the group is heading South right into the storm.

The same time the heart of Hurricane Irma was hitting the Florida Keys, a group of municipal electric workers from all across Northwest, Ohio gathered in Wapakoneta to convoy down to help residents in the Sunshine state who will lose power during the storm.  While Irma tracks North along the west cost of Florida,, the group is heading South right into the storm.

“It makes you think a little bit, kind of hairy”  says Eric Schroeder from the City of Wapakoneta Light Department. “We are driving down to Alabama today and it’s not really hitting yet so we might be driving into some of it.  We will see what happens, I guess.” 

Wapakoneta and  the other cites represented are heading down to help out places like Tallahassee and Jacksonville as part of a mutual aid agreement, with American Municipal Power, to offer what assistance what they can to restore power to other communities.

“If they have an issue with outages due to natural disasters or whatever, they come and help us, which they have done in the past”  says Tom Stinebaugh, Mayor of Wapakoneta. “We are always happy to go and assist them in circumstances like we have in Florida.”

Schroeder has helped in other community before and says the people are always grateful for the assistance to help get their lives back to normal.   He adds “It just makes us feel good to help people.”

Mayor Stinebaugh also says, “Every person out here, myself included, I would be thrilled to go down lend an hand to help get these folks back on their feet.”

People in Florida, may have not heard of places in Ohio called Pemberville, Napoleon, Bryan, Bowling Green and Wapakoneta,  but when their power is restored, they will remember those names and the men who helped them out for a long time to come.

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