Local hydro crews heading south to help with Irma recovery in Florida

Elias Hubbard
September 13, 2017

The 100-person storm team was set to depart Tuesday morning. Up to 20,000 Gulf Power customers could lose power from the storm.

The power line maintainers will assist in restoring power in Atlanta after high winds and flooding left many in the dark, Hydro Ottawa said.

Gass said the local crews are expected to be working in the Tampa area for one to two weeks. "With plenty of resources on the ground in Bay County, we're prepared to send crews to help those areas so devastated by Irma", said Rogers.

Gulf Power officials reported 4,600 customers' power had been restored since Irma began impacting the company's service area late Sunday night.

Hurricane Irma hit while Kentucky Power employees were helping in Texas following Hurricane Harvey, but now they are able to help in Florida. More than 700 employees and contractors will help restore power to the storm-ravaged area. During that storm, approximately 1,450 Hydro One workers braved hazardous conditions for a total of 97,000 hours to restore power to almost 105,000 customers who were affected at the peak of the storm. This deployment will be different, as much of the restoration effort will require total rebuilding of power grid systems.

"Our crews are ready for this", Bowness said.

Gulf Power activated its McCrary Storm and Training Center for a real-world event for the first time since the center opened in 2015.

It will be one of the largest electric restoration efforts in US history.

"Gulf Power is part of a mutual assistance network consisting of dozens of utilities".

A Hydro One spokesperson said the company has reciprocal arrangements in place with other North American utilities to help with significant power outages.

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