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Hydro-Québec deploys crews to Georgia to help after Irma

Hydro-Québec will send 50 crews to Georgia to help with cleanup after Hurricane Irma.

Montreal GazetteMontreal Gazette

Published on: September 13, 2017 | Last Updated: September 13, 2017 7:26 AM EDT

A large tree lays on top of a house after heavy winds and rain from tropical storm Irma hit Athens, Ga., Sept. 12, 2017. Joshua L. Jones / AP

Hydro-Québec will send 50 crews to Georgia to help with cleanup after Hurricane Irma.

Including mechanics, drivers and support staff, 125 employees are on their way to help out, Hydro said Wednesday. Hydro said the company that asked for assistance would pay the full cost of sending the teams.

In Georgia, where Irma hit as a tropical storm, mandatory evacuations for coastal towns had been lifted, but Governor Nathan Deal cautioned citizens to contact their local authorities for “specific reentry info.”

Hurricane Irma battered the Caribbean and eastern U.S. during the weekend, devastating towns and destroying power lines and other infrastructure.

Wednesday morning, Hurricane Jose was far from the U.S. coast, but looked as though it might threaten Bermuda later in the week.

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