Truckers on front lines following Irene

By Clarissa Kell-Holland, Land Line staff writer | 8/30/2011

Hurricane Irene, now a tropical storm, hit landfall on Saturday, Aug. 27, hammering the East Coast. Since then, truck drivers have been on the front lines hauling emergency supplies to affected areas.

More than 2.5 million people are still without power following Irene, which killed at least 40 people in the hardest hit states.

OOIDA Member Tim Philmon of Middleburg, FL, told Land Line on Tuesday, Aug. 30, that he and a convoy of approximately 30 trucks were heading back to Massachusetts after delivering relief supplies to Burlington, VT.

“This state has sustained some massive flooding. It’s unreal to see all of this water,” he said.

Philmon rode out the hurricane in Chicopee, MA, before being directed to Vermont to deliver relief supplies.

At this point, Philmon said he isn’t sure how long his services will be needed, but he’s prepared to be there for a while.

“I am just proud to be able to help out where I am needed,” he said.

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