EMEPA workers restore power after Hurricane Irma

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MERIDIAN, Miss. (WTOK) - Local crews that left to help restore power after Hurricane Irma have now returned back home.

East Mississippi Electric Power Association sent 21 employees, including linemen, servicemen, engineers and mechanics to its headquarters in Georgia to help restore power where needed, working with Okefenokee REMC's service members. The storm brought major power outages across Florida and Georgia, and crew members say they were able to restore power at around 1,400 homes.

"We did get some letters of thank you. You actually kind of take that stuff to heart," EMEPA lineman Buddy Cooksey says. "I know it's real personal to them because they're in that situation. We were there 10 or 11 years ago with Katrina."

There is still a crew of seven workers that traveled to Florida. They're expected to return home this weekend.