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Entergy crews from around the Mid-South and across Mississippi are headed to Florida to help restore power in the aftermath of Hurricane Irma.

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Entergy Mississippi has dispatched crews to Texas and Florida in the wake of devastating hurricanes Harvey and Irma, the last of which left more than 7 million without power in the immediate aftermath of the storm.

Entergy sent about 110 linemen and 30 support workers to help repair power lines and restore power to Texas residents, Entergy spokeswoman Mara Hartmann said.

Additional crews have been sent to Florida to deal with widespread outages caused by Hurricane Irma, which has now been downgraded to a low pressure system.

Another wave of 17 Entergy Mississippi linemen and seven support workers left Wednesday for Florida to help with the ongoing restoration effort in the wake of Hurricane Irma.

The team will join nearly 200 other Entergy Mississippi line workers, support personnel and contractors who left earlier this week to help restore power to the millions of customers affected by the storm.

"We've sent trucks from all over our system," said Wayne Spell with Entergy. "You have to depend on your neighbors. Under mutual assistance, we try and help other areas which need us. Ultimately, it's a partnership."

Don Arnold, Customer Service manager for Entergy, said total combined crews sent into hurricane-ravaged areas now amount to 650.

"From our area, we have sent 25, including five from Southaven," said Arnold, who is based in Southaven. "We have a mutual understanding between us and Florida Power & Light. They have helped send crews in response to several of our storms. When we had Katrina, they sent crews to the Gulf Coast. This is a chance to pay back the favor."

Robert Lee Long is Community Editor of the DeSoto Times-Tribune. He may be contacted at rlong@desototimestribune.com or at 662-429-6397, Ext. 252.

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