HELPING WITH HURRICANE Appalachian Power, Contract Workers To Help With Isaac
Reported by: Jeff Morris
Web Producer: Jeff Morris
Reported: Aug. 27, 2012 1:56 PM EDT
Updated: Aug. 27, 2012 2:33 PM EDT
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With Hurricane Isaac fast approaching, about 200 Appalachian Power employees and contract workers are traveling toward Louisiana in anticipation they will be needed to help restore power in the wake of the storm expected to hit landfall mid-week.
The workers left for Florida this past weekend, but were redirected as the storm track moved west, according to a power company news release. Line mechanics from across the company’s Tennessee, Virginia and West Virginia territory make up the group.
“Utilities help their neighbors in situations like this,” said Phil Wright, Appalachian Power’s vice president of distribution operations. “After the derecho, we had crews from 22 states here to assist us. Now it’s our turn to assist customers in other states.”
AEP will send a total of about 650 workers from its 11-state territory. Utilities are staging crews in the most likely areas of the hurricane’s impact.
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