NEW PHILADELPHIA Dover, Oh

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Dover Light & Power linemen Dave Schepler, Rod Hixson, Jason Lorenz and Derek Crank prepare to head out for Georgia to help restore power in areas impacted by Hurricane Dorian. (City of Dover)

DOVER (WJER) - City electric field employees will be joining the effort to restore power to those affected by Hurricane Dorian. 

Mayor Rick Homrighausen says linemen Dave Schepler, Rod Hixson, Jason Lorenz and Derek Crank were sent down to Georgia recently in preparation for power outages expected in the storm’s aftermath. Homrighausen says they’re experienced workers that will be taking their talents to South Beach now.

“They work the lines, build lines, install poles, answer trouble calls. They’re gonna be doing the same thing, restoring electricity to the areas that get hit by the storm,” he says.

Homrighausen says those linemen will be working down there until the job is done, but he says the city is still ready to handle any problems that pop up in town.

“We left enough guys at home that can handle anything that comes up here so we’re not shorthanded,” he says.

Hurricane Dorian stalled over the Bahamas over the weekend, pummeling the islands for about 48-hours. It made landfall on Florida Tuesday as a Category 2 hurricane.  

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