Texas Volunteers Head To Mississippi To Restore Power

Hurricane Ivan has left thousands along the Gulf coast without power.
Workers for TXU Electric Delivery decided to use their skills to help. Volunteers gathered at a truck stop along I-20 Thursday morning before heading to Mississippi.
Workers will repair downed power lines in heavy rains and high winds. They will also endure the added dangers of fallen trees, cracked powerline poles and flood waters.
"I worked one in '83, (Hurricane) Alicia," said Danny Perkins. "It was 16 to 18 hour days. So we know what we're going in to."
The workers came from East Texas, Dallas, DeSoto, and McKinney. In all 80 volunteers with 40 trucks gathered , ready to roll to Mississippi where Hurricane Ivan pounded the coastline.
Thousands of residents there are without electricity, something Texans can relate to.
In June storms left thousands without power. Lineman from across the South offered help.
"They helped us out in our storm and it turned out to be a big success," said Dwayne McCraney. "I just wanted to return the favor."
Administrative Assistant Vicki Cole left two daughters behind in Farmers Branch to help out. "They've all called already this morning as well as my sisters and my mom," said Vicki. "Everybody's a little bit nervous about me going. It's neat to know that you're going to make a difference but yes, I am nervous."
Uncertain of what they'll find in Mississippi, this group of Texans hit the road, committed to helping Ivan's victims for at least the next 7 days.

Maya Golden reporting, mgolden@kltv.com