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Indiana line workers helping to restore power after Irma

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Monday, September 11, 2017 12:32 pm

INDIANAPOLIS About 60 line workers from Indiana's electric cooperatives are heading south to help restore power in areas affected by Hurricane and Tropical Storm Irma.

Officials with Indiana Electric Cooperatives say the workers will leave the state Tuesday to work with electric cooperatives near Macon, Georgia. Crews plan to work in two-week shifts until power is restored.

The organization's release says line crews from any U.S. electric cooperative can join the effort because the network of transmission and distribution infrastructure owned by cooperatives is built to federal standards.

Irma has swamped homes, uprooted massive trees, flooded streets, cast boats ashore, snapped power lines and toppled construction cranes. More than 6.2 million homes and businesses are without power.

Officials have warned it could take weeks for electricity to be fully restored.

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