El Paso Electric (EPE) is assisting with power restoration efforts in Florida after several hundred thousand outages were caused by Hurricane Irma.
EPE has sent a total of 19 employees, including 15 linemen, two safety representatives and material and mechanic service personnel in addition to bucket trucks, boom trucks and other equipment.
According to Florida Power & Light (FPL), they have assembled a workforce of more than 18,000 electric service personnel from nearly 30 states to assist. Full restoration efforts will begin today as it becomes safe to begin work.
EPE has previously responded to calls for help in power restoration due to severe weather events in other parts of the country; most recently in North Texas in March 2017, when more than 208,000 homes and businesses were without power due to severe thunderstorms in the area. EPE also assisted the Baltimore Gas and Electric Company, located in Maryland, as well as ConEdison of New York during the Hurricane Sandy storm in 2012.
About Florida Power & Light
Florida Power & Light Company is the third-largest electric utility in the United States, serving nearly 5 million customer accounts or an estimated 10 million people across nearly half of the state of Florida.