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Hundreds of North Texas volunteers helping in Florida with Hurricane Ian recovery efforts

Today, power has been restored to around half a million Florida homes, but according to officials, another two million remain without electricity. Hundreds of North Texans have arrived to assist.

Hundreds of North Texans are currently in Florida helping with everything from shelter to electricity.

Oncor’s 500 employees and contractors departed North Texas early on Tuesday and landed in Florida on Thursday.

Today, power has been restored to around half a million Florida homes, but according to officials, another two million remain without electricity. Hundreds of North Texans have arrived to assist.

Kerri Dunn, a spokesperson for Oncor, explains that an army of repair workers will be required to fix the extensive damage caused by Hurricane Ian.

“In Dallas, we anticipate power interruptions due to fallen trees,” she said. “This will be exacerbated. We have more than simply broken roadways. There have been bridge collapses. People inhabit barrier islands by the water. These paths are inaccessible to them.”

A North Texan with a home in Florida rides through Hurricane Ian; Texas organizations are prepared to assist in the aftermath.

According to Dunn, the North Texas crews left on Tuesday, waited until the storm passed, and then traveled to the hardest-hit portions of Florida on Thursday.

“We are aware that individuals will suffer and struggle,” she remarked. We will do everything possible to assist them.

Oncor is sending crews to Florida as part of a mutual aid arrangement.

“In exchange, we receive a response. During the Labor Day hurricanes, we welcomed assistance from other Texas businesses and neighboring states “Dunn stated.

Brian Murnahan states that the North Texas Red Cross has also deployed to assist Florida.

He stated, “We have roughly 20 employees overseeing evacuation shelters, conducting damage assessments, and assisting individuals with the first steps of rehabilitation.”

Florida hospitals have also requested blood donations from the Red Cross.

Murnahan stated, “We do not generally distribute blood to Florida.” “However, the Red Cross has dispatched hundreds of units nationwide in response to their requests. Alone, North Texas has donated 70 units of blood to Florida.”

At its height, more over two million clients in the state were without electricity or cell phone service.

Tropical Storm Ian hits southwest Florida

Hurricane Ian continued to weaken over Florida and was downgraded to a Category 2 storm on Wednesday evening, but it continues to wreak havoc with its destructive winds and storm surges.

“The rehabilitation procedure will be extremely difficult and challenging,” Dunn added.

Wednesday night, the Red Cross of North Texas provided shelter for 33,000 individuals.

redcross.org/donate/donation.html is the URL for the donation page.

 

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