HOUSTON, TX – October 6, 2016 – This morning, more than 200 CenterPoint Energy linemen, contractors and support personnel departed for Florida and the Carolinas to assist Duke Energy, Dominion Power and Florida Power & Light with anticipated power outages resulting from Hurricane Matthew.
Crews are expected to arrive to their destinations on Saturday and will work 12-16 hour days restoring power. “We expect to see a lot of trees down, wires down, transformers down. There will be massive damage if Hurricane Matthew stays a category four,” said Thomas Klesel, CenterPoint Energy Operations Manager.
CenterPoint Energy is part of electric utility mutual assistance programs which provide access to thousands of linemen and tree trimmers from around the country to lend a hand during widespread power outage emergencies.
Over the years, CenterPoint Energy crews have restored power to hundreds of thousands of customers throughout the country who were left in the dark following hurricanes, ice storms, tornadoes and severe thunderstorms.