Miami Valley workers head to Florida for hurricane relief

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DAYTON, Ohio(WDTN)- Crews from across the Miami Valley have arrived in Florida to help with Hurricane Michael relief efforts. They’re assisting with everything from restoring power to searching for victims in disaster areas. 

Piqua Power System and Tipp City have sent crews to work with American Municipal Power. 

“(We’re) putting wire back in the air and replacing poles. The major damage down here has been caused by broken and fallen trees,” Cody Crose with American Municipal Power said.

Thousands of people are without power in Florida. That is why crews are getting to work right away. 

“It’s not about the money. We know whats it’s like for the power to be out. We know what’s it’s like for it to be 90 degrees out with no air conditioner on,” Crose said.

While linemen take care of getting the lights on, Ohio Task Force One is helping people trapped in flooded areas. 

“There may not be a lot of water stuff that needs to be done. This team is also capable of moving over into a ground search or a structural search,” Phil Sinewe with Ohio Task Force One said.  

Members of Task Force One are specifically chosen for this assignment. Sinewe said the crew is ready to tough it out.

“Many of them are firemen so sticking them in a tent or sticking them on cots is really no big deal to them,” Sinewe said.

There is no set time for how long either team will be in Florida. Both teams are committed to helping as long as they’re needed.

“Today and tomorrow, they’ll get a really good handle on what those needs are and they’ll start to release resources as they need,” Sinewe said.

Aside from these two groups, Red Cross workers from the Dayton area are also heading down to help with relief efforts. Ohio’s National Guard is also on its way.

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