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WPS employees will travel south to help people without power after Hurricane IrmaSubmitted: 09/12/2017
Dakota Sherek
Dakota Sherek
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WPS employees will travel south to help people without power after Hurricane Irma
RHINELANDER - Millions of people lost power because of Hurricane Irma. WPS employees plan to head to Georgia Tuesday to help restore power to affected areas.

Twenty WPS employees will make the trip. They could be gone two to three weeks, or even longer depending on how much they're needed.


WPS says it isn't uncommon for utility industry members to cross state lines to help one another.

"It's just something that we have always done and just something in the utility industry that we really band together whenever needed and whenever we can spare the resources. We help each other out in these times of disaster," said WPS Community Relations Leader Leah Van Zile. 

Van Zile says all utility members have one common goal.

"We always want to provide safe and reliable electricity 24/7," Van Zile said. "When storms hit, that's not always possible, so we pitch in and band together and really work around the clock to get that power back restored."

The WPS employees will all meet in Green Bay Tuesday morning and then head to Georgia from there.




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