Stampede Power Line Service of Wiley, Colorado sent a convoy consisting of 8 men, 3 bucket trucks, 2 digger trucks, and 2 service trucks over 1,526 miles away to Lake City, Florida over the weekend. There they will assist in the restoration of electricity after Hurricane Ian leaves thousands without power.
The local crew arrived where they will be stationed early Tuesday morning and bravely await the impact themselves before heading into the aftermath of the storm to begin their weeks-long task.
Meteorologists have reported Hurricane Ian will hit land early Friday morning. SPLS crews will follow orders from Center Phase Energy once the storm has begun leaving thousands without power. The downed powerlines will leave many without power for weeks, in which these brave men will be working hours on end to help Florida’s citizens. The crews could be looking at least a few weeks of work to repair and rebuild powerlines.
Most people do not even give electricity a second thought, yet without linemen no one would have power for everyday tasks. Linemen work is already an extremely dangerous line of work but adding gale force winds laced with heavy rainfall, and other aspects into the mix, makes this crew’s mission even more risky. Our crews are familiar with working in the hot sun during the summer, bitter cold and blowing snow in the winter, and tornadic winds in the spring but working in Florida will challenge the crews even more. Yet, each one of them did not hesitate when asked if they wanted to go face Hurricane Ian head on.
These are unsung heroes putting their life on the line every day.
We would like to thank local crews for their expertise, bravery, and willingness to assist in a storm with such magnitude: Tony Anderson (Yoder, CO), Carmon Bailey (Lamar, CO), Jorge Garcia (Lamar, CO), Luis Jimenez Barraza (Lamar, CO), Colin Lindo (Lamar, CO), Jacob Schaffner (Colorado Springs, CO), Rumaldo Vega, Jr. (Lamar, CO), and Shane Hawks (Wiley, CO).