Utility crews from around southwest Missouri are en route to the Gulf Coast to deal with issues caused by Hurricane Ida. 5 Electric workers from Lebanon will be asked to help restore power for communities anticipating outages around the Gulf Coast. Officials say they could encounter some challenges to helping out, including damage to roads, downed trees, and debris, along with the hot and humid temperatures expected after the storm.
Utility workers from Missouri plan to bring more than 100,000 pounds of equipment in a convoy of 11 vehicles. The equipment being sent south will be used for water rescues, search and rescue efforts, and other services as needed.
The American Red Cross has also deployed volunteers from the Joplin area to offer relief in the wake of the hurricane.