Local linemen helping to restore power in Florida

Posted at 5:21 PM, Sep 14, 2017
and last updated 2017-09-14 19:22:16-04

Millions of Florida residents continue to be without power in areas damaged by Hurricane Irma, as the storm dragged down power lines and blew out transformers.

Experts at the Northwest Lineman College in Kuna say restoring power in Florida may take a few weeks. 

Several graduates from the local college are down south, helping with restoration efforts.

"They've been at Harvey, they've been at Irma and they're feeding back pictures to us, and they're excited," said Alan Drew, Senior Vice President of Research & Development at Northwest Lineman College. "They're gaining all of this good experience, and there's no substitute for the experience you get right out there in the front line."

Experts say before crews can do any work on the power lines, they need to wait for the water to recede. 

Emergency management officials in Florida estimate that 6.4 million residents currently remain without power in the Sunshine State.