The devastation left by Hurricane Sandy this week continues to affect millions who remain without power. El Paso Electric responded to Consolidated Edison’s call for help and is sending crews to assist in the restoration of electricity. ConEdison of New York provides electric service to approximately 3.3 million customers.
Three 4-man crews with support personnel, as well as 11 damage assessors, 29 EPE employees in total, will arrive in the New York area this weekend. Earlier this week, EPE shipped 3 boom trucks, 3 bucket trucks, 4 flatbed trucks, and other equipment. The crews will be working out of Rye, New York, where ConEdison has set up a staging facility. The EPE crews will fly to New York and are prepared to stay for two weeks. If additional assistance is needed beyond two weeks, EPE has already identified a replacement crew.
“When the call for help was made, our employees stepped up to the challenge. These crews have volunteered to assist others whose lives were affected by Hurricane Sandy and the storms in the northeast,” said Tom Shockley, El Paso Electric Chief Executive Officer. “It makes me proud to lead a company whose employees always rise to the challenge, especially when it comes to helping communities in need.”
While in New York, EPE employees will be sending updates and photos which EPE will post on its website, www.epelectric.com.