Kentucky Power assisting with Irma restoration efforts

Kentucky Power assisting with Irma restoration efforts

Kentucky Power assisting with Irma restoration efforts

"They've been devastated down there, so we'll be doing whatever is necessary to help get power back for those customers", Gass said.

PG & E, as the company is better known, had around 125 employees land in Florida on September 8 as part of a mutual-aid agreement with Florida Power & Light to support restoration efforts.

"We're pretty sure this is the furthest we've travelled, at least since (1998 Toronto) amalgamation", she said, adding Hydro crews have in the past helped with emergency relief in Quebec for the huge 1998 ice storm, Long Island for Hurricane Sandy in 2012, and earlier this year in Buffalo after a wind storm knocked down power lines.

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"Even with Irma's downgrade to a tropical storm, Irma has caused widespread damage across the state and continues to cause power outages in Northwest Florida", said Jeff Rogers, Gulf Power spokesperson.

"Access to electricity can be a lifeline in a disaster and our crews are determined to help restore power to the families and businesses in Florida as quickly and safely as possible".

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

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Crews are expected to arrive in the affected areas on Wednesday afternoon, bringing with them 52 bucket trucks, 30 other vehicles and other equipment.

Crews were working near the Lake Jackson area today.

As part of the North Atlantic Mutual Assistance Group, Hydro One had been participating in National Response Event discussions regarding deployment of resources in the hours leading up to September 9, when it received an official request for help from Florida Power and Light. Crews have deployed more than 36 times since 2008 to help other energy companies restore power to their customers. Hydro One Limited's common shares are listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange (TSX: H).

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