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Oct. 11, 2018
Athens Electric Department crew to help with Hurricane Michael recovery efforts
Athens Utilities is sending a crew to Havana, Fla., to help with recovery efforts from Hurricane Michael.
Electric Department Manager Blair Davis said the crew left today (Oct. 11).
“There are a lot of utility poles down, and our crew will help them restore their infrastructure,” Davis said.
The Town of Havana is located 14 miles north of Tallahassee in Gadsden County, Florida. News reports indicate there has been at least one hurricane-related fatality in that county.
“When Athens and Limestone County were hit by deadly tornadoes in 2011 and 2014, utility crews and other agencies from Alabama and elsewhere worked with us to restore power and recover, and I am grateful we can pay it forward by helping communities like Havana,” said Athens Mayor Ronnie Marks.
Coincidentally, Marks has a friend, Louis Hurst, who lives and operates a couple of businesses in Havana. The two served together in Vietnam. Marks has not been able to reach Hurst by phone. Davis said phone service is spotty in that area, and the Athens crew took back up communication devices.
The crew consists of the following:
Davis said crews from Albertville and Russellville are also going to that area to help with recovery.