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Hurricane relief crews heading back to NE after storm path changes

Posted at 12:17 PM, Sep 04, 2019

LINCOLN, Neb. (KMTV) — After hitting the road to Florida, and then changing course as Hurricane Dorian shifted northward, crews with Lincoln Electrical System are heading back to Nebraska. Previous calls for aid had to be changed after shifts in the storm's predicted path.

“I have not seen a situation like this in my 42 years at LES,” said Dan Pudenz, vice president of Energy Delivery. “This storm has shifted tracks several times in the last week, causing uncertainty about where assistance might be needed most. However, our line technicians have been prepared throughout this process to answer the call wherever it sent them.”

Crews with Lincoln Electric System and Grand Island Utilities are both on their way home and are expected to make it back late Thursday.

OPPD crews have been relieved from mutual aid service as well. On Tuesday, OPPD was released from Orlando and headed to New Smyrna Beach.

Nebraska Task Force 1 arrived in Florida ahead of Hurricane Dorian on Sunday. Crews will assess weather and travel conditions before heading back home.

The American Red Cross is currently taking donations for hurricane victims. You can find more on how to donate here.