Whenever there’s a hurricane, or any kind of disaster that causes power outages, impacted individuals are generally quick to talk about the energy companies as giant abstract entities that never work fast enough to get the lights back on. In fact, it’s up to the people, such as Duke Energy lineman Jim LeBlanc, to get in their bucket trucks or climb dangerous poles and physically fix those power lines. LeBlanc just missed his son’s wedding this week to get residents in Largo, Fla., back online after Hurricane Irma.
Ten years ago Brittani Bader’s parents put their children in a car with relatives to escape Hurricane Katrina. Despite getting his children to safety, Bader’s father tried to leave the flood zone too late and ended up having to ride out the storm. When Bader and her family were reunited, their joy was quickly replaced by shock when they returned to what was left of their house.