Energy linemen return to Wisconsin from Florida

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JANESVILLE, Wis. (WMTV) -- A special homecoming Wednesday for more than 50 volunteer line workers who returned from a relief mission to rebuild energy systems for Hurricane Irma victims.

The crews returned to Janesville Wednesday morning after leaving a week and a half ago.

The volunteers worked long days and nights to repair downed power lines mostly from fallen trees from the hurricane.

The linemen say the work was hard, but being able to help so many people made it all worth it.

"Everybody was really really nice out there. We had people stop give us water, drinks, anything they had on hand they were giving to us. We had multiple people just stop and thank us for coming down," said Justin Busfield with Rock Energy Cooperative.

The volunteer linemen came from more than a dozen electric cooperatives from all across the state, including in Eau Claire.

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