Hundreds from region heading for Florida to help restore power

PECO crews (Courtesy PECO)

PECO crews (Courtesy PECO)

With millions without power in Florida, dozens of utility crews from the region are headed south to assist with restoring service.

PECO is providing 50 of its employees with 150 contractors to help in the aftermath of Hurricane Irma, which left an estimated 6.5 million consumers without power.

“Their first stop was in North Carolina, then they have another stop in Georgia, and they will be ultimately directed to a location in Central Florida with the host utility being Florida Power and Light,” said Greg Smore, a PECO spokesman.

Atlantic City Electric is also sending help after their received help from the utilities five years ago, said spos .

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“Just like in 2012, everyone remembers the impact of Hurricane Sandy,” said spokesman Ben Armstrong. “Atlantic City Electric called on resources from across the United States to aid in the restoration of power during our time in need, and this is a great time for us to repay that favor.”

Delmarva Power is also sending crews that are expected to be at work in the Sunshine State for about two weeks.

All told, about about 500 utility workers from the tri-state area will help with the restoration efforts, part of a contingent of 1,800 that PECO parent Exelon is sending into the Gulf Coast region.

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