Athens Electric Department crew to help with Hurricane Michael recovery efforts

By  | October 12, 2018 | Filed under: News

ATHENS-Athens Utilities is sending a crew to Havana, Fla., to help with recovery efforts from Hurricane Michael.


Electric Department Manager Blair Davis said the crew left on Thursday, October 11.


“There are a lot of utility poles down, and our crew will help them restore their infrastructure,” Davis said.


The Town of Havana is located 14 miles north of Tallahassee in Gadsden County, Florida. News reports indicate there has been at least one hurricane-related fatality in that county.


“When Athens and Limestone County were hit by deadly tornadoes in 2011 and 2014, utility crews and other agencies from Alabama and elsewhere worked with us to restore power and recover, and I am grateful we can pay it forward by helping communities like Havana,” said Athens Mayor Ronnie Marks.


Coincidentally, Marks has a friend, Louis Hurst, who lives and operates a couple of businesses in Havana. The two served together in Vietnam. Marks has not been able to reach Hurst by phone. Davis said phone service is spotty in that area, and the Athens crew took back up communication devices.


The crew consists of the following:

  • Foreman Danny Wallace
  • Lead Lineman Jared Fleming
  • Lineman Mario Stover
  • Apprentice lineman Jacob Blankenship
  • Apprentice lineman Adam Nicholson


Davis said crews from Albertville and Russellville are also going to that area to help with recovery.


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One Response to Athens Electric Department crew to help with Hurricane Michael recovery efforts

  1. lilyredrose October 12, 2018 at 8:52 am

    God bless and secure “grounds” first!

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