Black Hills Energy announced today (Thursday) that three linemen from Cheyenne are now in Florida helping to turn the lights back on in the wake of Hurricane Irma.

"We were honored to answer the call to join our sister utilities in restoring power to the families and businesses impacted by this devastating hurricane,” said Shirley Welte, Vice President of Operations for Black Hills Energy.

"Mutual assistance is a hallmark of our industry, where utilities band together to help each other out during times like this when it is critical to get the power restored safely and as quickly as possible," added Welte.

According to the Edison Electric Institute, almost 60,000 workers from more than 250 electric companies are supporting the Irma restoration efforts.

"Our crews are absolutely dedicated to the safety of the customers, communities and fellow utility workers supporting this effort," said Welte.

"They are working under extremely difficult and hazardous conditions and we are very proud of their service," she added. "We wish them a safe return to their families and friends."

The Cheyenne crew -- which consists of Billy Dausman, Rick Kormen and Anthony Masias -- is expected to be in Florida for at least three weeks.