Florida residents give Alabama utility crews heartwarming sendoff

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(AL.com) — Lakeland, Florida is offering its appreciation to the utility crews - including some from Alabama - that helped restore service after Hurricane Irma pounded the city.

Residents of Lakeland lined the streets to thank the utility crews as they headed back home after assisting with restoration efforts. Alabama crews taking part included those from Fairhope, Andalusia and Huntsville.

The thank yous from the people in Lakeland have poured in, according to Huntsville Utilities, including one that involved SEC football and two fan bases that are typically not in agreement.

As of Wednesday, less than 300 customers in the town remain without utilities. At the height of the storm as many as 80,000 people were without power, the city said.

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