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Crews on standby to help with Hurricane Dorian damage

(WKOW) — As hurricane Dorian continues to batter the Bahamas, crews and volunteers here in Wisconsin are getting set to do whatever they can to help.

“I had the opportunity to go down with 45 guys during Hurricane Irma,” Troy Murphy with the Prairie Du Sac Public Works Department said.

He knows all about helping communities in need after storms.

“It’s a rewarding feeling, these guys are highly trained every day and the people just couldn’t be more thankful,” Murphy said.

He was on standby Sunday, along with 30 other utility workers from Wisconsin, prepared to head down to Florida and help restore power in case of massive damage.

“We’re trained for some pretty catastrophic damage, whether in-state or out-of-state,” Murphy said.

While the crews are on standby, Red Cross teams were getting ready for their trip.

Gunny Bunchen and Bryan Ward loaded up a Red Cross Truck with emergency supplies Sunday morning.

They’ll be driving down to a staging area in Alabama Monday morning.

Ahead of them was Jamie Stahl of Janesville, who left Friday.

“Nervous, I don’t know what’s going to happen,” he said.

He’s been volunteering with the Red Cross with Blood Services for three years but this is his first time going to a disaster area.

He’ll be there to connect people with resources and help them cope with tragedy. He says his experience will be put to good use.

“I was through the Stoughton tornado so yes, cause I know what they’re feeling,” Stahl said.

In total, 24 Red Cross volunteers are joining more than 500 other volunteers in Alabama, ready to hop in to action when the storm passes.

Murphy and the other crews are waiting to see where, or if, they’ll be needed before heading out.

Francisco Almenara

Reporter, WKOW

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