Fayetteville Public Utilities Crew to Assist with Hurricane Michael Recovery



Fayetteville Public Utilities (FPU) sent a team of eight volunteers to Diverse Power Cooperative in LaGrange, GA to assist with recovery efforts for Hurricane Michael. “Once we were aware of the potential for Hurricane Michael, we began communicating with the Tennessee Electric Cooperative Association, who coordinates requests for mutual aid and makes travel and lodging arrangements,” said Fayetteville Public Utilities’ CEO and General Manager Britt Dye. 


The dangerous Category 4 hurricane is expected to bring strong wind, significant rainfall and widespread power outages to the northern Gulf Coast. FPU’s crew is joining more than 100 line workers from 11 additional utilities across Tennessee that are heading to Georgia and Florida. The crew will assist with the recovery effort as soon as conditions allow them to work safely.


“It’s an honor to be able to help,” says FPU Lineman Zach Barnes. “When we go do storm work, the conditions are always tough, but it makes you feel good to know that you are helping other people when they need it most.”


It is unclear how long the crew will remain in Georgia. Hurricane Michael is the first Category 4 hurricane to hit the Florida panhandle since 1851. FPU’s crew is expecting thousands of power outages due to the widespread nature of the storm and the types of vegetation in the area, which can lead to a significant amount of downed power lines.  


“Safety is our number one priority. Working on high-voltage lines on a sunny day is dangerous, but in disaster conditions, the danger is much greater,” says Dye. “Please keep these brave volunteers in your prayers.”