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Utility Crews from the Ozarks Return from Helping Hurricane Victims

Crews of municipal utility electric lineworkers from Missouri and Arkansas are returning from the Florida Panhandle, after a week of work to rebuild electric systems destroyed by Hurricane Michael.

The 47 lineworkers were organized by the Missouri Public Utility Alliance.  They were sent from cities across Missouri, including Carthage and Nixa and from Conway, Arkansas.  They’ve worked in Florida to restore power since Oct. 10.

The crews worked primarily on the Tallahassee system.

Hurricane Michael made landfall in Florida Oct. 10 as a Category 4 hurricane. As of the morning of Oct. 11, Florida utilities reported 400,000 total outages, including more than 100,000 in the state capital of Tallahassee, where 96 percent of the city’s electric distribution system and 60 percent of the transmission system was down. By Tuesday morning, FMEA said power had been restored to 95 percent of Tallahassee electric customers.

Michele Skalicky has worked at KSMU since the station occupied the old white house at National and Grand. She enjoys working on both the announcing side and in news and has been the recipient of statewide and national awards for news reporting. She likes to tell stories that make a difference. Michele enjoys outdoor activities, including hiking, camping and leisurely kayaking.