Miami-Dade workers travel to Southwest Florida to help Ian with the repair work

Medley, Fla. – To get the water lines working again, Miami-Dade County sent a large crew of utility workers across Florida’s coast to begin critical repairs after Hurricane Ian decimated the area.

The group left the county yard in Medley on Friday morning and began the two-hour march to hard-hit Fort Myers Beach.

In all, the county is sending about 20 water supply professionals to Fort Myers Beach to help with some repair work on the city’s infrastructure.

To help with this work, the group transports their own supplies and equipment – including two dump trucks, two trailers, several compressors – plus two backhoes and a large diesel fuel truck.

“We’re going to go up there and do two different attempts. First, they have water pumping stations that have been flooded with salt water. We’re going to clean them, they need re-plumbing and re-wiring,” said Roy Coley, director of Miami-Dade’s water and sanitation department. “Our electricians will rewire them all to get these pumping stations up and running. At the same time, we have distribution crews that will go in and start identifying leaks and isolating them so we can restore water pressure.”

Miami-Dade Mayor Daniella Levine Cava said after South Florida was spared the worst of Ian, “It’s our job now to extend a helping hand.”

The crews who left on Friday will remain in southwest Florida for about a week, and then another crew will be sent from south Florida to relieve them.

Coley said the county is in it for the long haul and will stay for as long as it takes to get the job done.

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Sarah Y. Kim

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