Greenville Utilities Commission sends 50+ volunteers to Florida

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GREENVILLE, NC (WITN) - More than 50 local utility workers from Greenville Utilities Commission and Kinston Public Services are heading down the long road to recovery in an effort to restore power for millions of Floridians in the wake of Hurricane Irma.

The volunteers filled more than two dozen trucks with gear and supplies, taking off from the Greenville Utilities Headquarters just after 6 am Tuesday morning.

Officials from GUC say the volunteers could be down there for several weeks, depending on the extent of damage.

Spokesperson Steve Hawley said an Orlando-based utilities commission that is also publicly owned requested GUC's help through a mutual aid system.

"It's a team effort, it's all about public power...we're community-owned and the utilities in that part of Florida are also community-owned and it's just what we do. We help other folks when they need it and when we need it they come up here and help us out as well," Hawley said.

While many are sacrificing time away from their home and family, they say they feel honored to be able to give back.