Electricians return to Tennessee after helping restore power in Hurricane Matthew’s path

(Photo: WKRN)
(Photo: WKRN)

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WKRN) – Electricians came home Tuesday night after being deployed to help with those affected by Hurricane Matthew.

Thirteen men from Middle Tennessee Electric spent a week in Keystone Heights, Florida, helping restore power after the storm.

Millions of people lost power and it took an army to get it back on..

The men of Middle Tennessee Electric were a part of an over 800-person workforce that helped get the power back on for 73,000 people over the weekend.

Crews also helped clear trees from downed lines and repair broken poles.

Foreman Jesse Cunningham described what it was like to work in flood waters and Florida swamps.

“We were wading in water up to our hips a lot and cutting trees, watching for snakes–we saw a lot of them, alligators. We dealt with a lot of the elements, but our skill was tested and we were victorious,” he told News 2.

Hundreds of thousands still remain without power as cities along the eastern United States continue to clean up and assess damage, with North Carolina still fearing more floodwater.

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