Linemen from across several states drove recently to North Carolina to help address power outages brought on by winter storm Jonas.
As many as 400 bucket trucks and 1,000 linemen men the trip from as far as Florida and Michigan to tackle power problems in the Piedmont of North Carolina, wcnc.com reports.
Charlotte-based Duke Energy, which contracted with the linemen ahead of the storm, reports that 494,000 outages were restored by Sunday following punishing freezing temperatures and snow.
Duke has had as many as 7,000 utility workers in the field since Friday.
“One thing about linemen is once a lineman, always a lineman. We thrive on the fact that we get out and work in storms and can dedicate our lives to the folks that pay our bills. It’s just a great way to give back,” said Duke Energy training manager Jon Evans.