A woman’s Facebook post has gone viral after she snapped and shared a photo of Florida women who had lined up to collect the dirty laundry of the linemen working hard to restore power after Irma raged across the state.
The line was more than two dozen women long at the Sebring International Raceway. This is such a remarkable story and truly shows the gratitude of these Floridians. These people are facing the destruction caused by Hurricane Irma, but still realize that these linemen are working hard, and spending time away from their families, to restore the power.
Jennifer Taylor Koukos posted, “All these ladies waited in line tonight to take loads of linemen’s laundry home,” on Saturday night.
She claims that one lineman said in disbelief, “You gotta be kidding me,” when he realized what was going on.
Koukos’ full post read: “See this line? All these ladies waited in line tonight to take loads of linemen’s laundry home. One lineman asked me what those ladies were standing in line for. When I told him they were waiting to be given laundry, with a look of sheer disbelief he said, “You gotta be kidding me.” What a great night. ???? #floridastrong”
Florida officials are still tallying the damage left behind by Hurricane Irma. Federal Emergency Management Agency Administrator Brock Long said that good progress is being made in getting people back into their homes or into a temporary housing such as apartments or hotels. About 4,000 people remain in emergency shelters, and 675,000 accounts – both residential and commercial – are still without power.
Federal officials are focused on restoring electrical power and getting gasoline into areas suffering fuel shortages. Long said the lack of electricity has affected supplies because many gas stations have not been retrofitted to run their pumps on generator power.
Energy Secretary Rick Perry said the severe damage from Irma’s winds will require parts of the power grid to effectively be rebuilt.
Perry said 60,000 utility workers from the U.S. and Canada are working to get power back on.
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