A very strong storm this past weekend left thousands of people without power in Albuquerque. El Paso Electric responded to Public Service Company of New Mexico’s (PNM) call for help and sent crews to assist in the restoration of electricity.
El Paso Electric has deployed four 2-man crews and support personnel, a total of 12 people, in addition to 4 bucket trucks. The El Paso Electric caravan left shortly before noon on Sunday.
“We’re glad to be able to provide assistance to our utility neighbor in New Mexico,” said Tom Shockley, El Paso Electric Chief Executive Officer. “Our employees always rise to the challenge, especially when it comes to helping communities in need.”
El Paso Electric is prepared to provide assistance for several days. As of Sunday night, 2,700 PNM customers were still without power.
El Paso Electric and its employees have a history of assisting other utilities after storms and other natural disasters. Last November, El Paso Electric crews assisted in the restoration of power to New York residents after Superstorm Sandy left millions without power.