GMP sends crews to Florida
GREEN MOUNTAIN POWER SENDS CREWSTO HELP RESTORE POWER IN FLORIDACOLCHESTER, VT… Green Mountain Power is sending crews to Florida to helprestore power to the areas devastated by the multiple hurricanes. “The situation in Florida is obviously quite desperate. We know how complex and exhausting it is to coordinate and repair service after a major event, and how important it is to have outside crews available to speed up restoration. Our crews are eager to help their fellow workers in Florida tackle the monumental task of repairing extensive damage to the electrical system,” said Mary Powell, chief operating officer of Green Mountain Power. Early this morning, ten lineworkers, one mechanic and one supervisor headed for the Daytona International Speedway, which is the staging area for Florida Power & Light’s restoration effort. The crews will be assigned specific work locations by FP&L staff when they arrive. “While this will clearly affect some planned work, we feel we can manage the impact so that we can provide this needed assistance. We were careful about where we pulled crews from so that we can ensure a geographic spread of staff to respond to outages within our own system,” explained Ms. Powell. “Given the depth of destruction in Florida, we felt this was clearly the appropriate thing to do,” she added. Florida Power & Light will cover the costs of time and expenses for the crews while they provide assistance.