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200 Alliant Energy workers volunteer to head to Florida

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CEDAR RAPIDS (KWWL) -

Come Tuesday morning, roughly 200 employee volunteers will travel to Florida, where millions are out of power, to help restoration efforts with power lines.

Employees will come from all over the state of Iowa and parts of Wisconsin. Line workers, safety staff, vehicle mechanics, support staff and managers make up the group of workers. They'll bring with them around 90 of their utility vehicles.

They'll be heading to Lake City, Florida where they'll be debriefed by Florida Power & Light before going to parts of the state that are in need of help.

The effort is part of mutual assistance program across the country. Cedar Rapids benefited from the program twice; after the floods of 2008 and the ice storm in 2007. Workers from Alliant Energy also helped after Hurricane Sandy in 2012.

One of the volunteers heading to Florida is Alliant Energy Line Foreman, Gary Henry. 

"It's just nice Alliant Energy is providing support for somewhere else in the country. I think it looks good. It just stands for what Alliant Energy is all about," Henry said. "We're ready and prepared to help anybody that needs a hand."

Henry said, like with Hurricane Sandy, that he expects there to be long work days. He said they'll likely have to sleep in their vehicles or in a temporary housing facility made up of tents or cots.

Workers expect to be in Florida for at least two weeks.

KWWL has also learned Mid American has sent volunteer workers to Florida, as well.

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