HOUSTON – November 1, 2012 – CenterPoint Energy has sent 275 linemen, support personnel and various contractors to the East Coast to help restore power in the wake of Hurricane Sandy.
Multiple caravans of highly-experienced crew members in bucket trucks have left over the last few days to help Baltimore Gas & Electric (BG&E), Pepco and Atlantic City Electric with power restoration in several areas of Maryland and New Jersey.
More than 7.4 million homes and business lost power as a result of Hurricane Sandy, which made landfall Monday evening near Atlantic City, New Jersey, just as it was downgraded from a Category 1 hurricane.
“Hurricane Sandy has had a powerful impact on the East Coast, leaving behind flood waters, tree limbs and downed power lines,” said David Baker, division vice president distribution power delivery for CenterPoint Energy. “Our experienced crews are ready to help the utility companies in the region, just as they have come to our aid in the past.”
CenterPoint Energy crews expect to work 16-hour days removing toppled trees and tree limbs off power lines, replacing downed power poles, power lines and transformers, and restoring power.
CenterPoint Energy partners with other utilities in mutual assistance agreements to lend a hand during widespread power outage emergencies. Over the years, CenterPoint Energy crews have restored power to millions of customers throughout the country who were left in the dark following hurricanes, ice storms, tornadoes and severe thunderstorms. In 2008 following Hurricane Ike, CenterPoint Energy brought in 11,000 outside resources to help restore power to 2.1 million Houston-area customers who lost service following Ike’s landfall.
CenterPoint Energy, Inc., headquartered in Houston, Texas, is a domestic energy delivery company that includes electric transmission & distribution, natural gas distribution, competitive natural gas sales and services, interstate pipelines and field services operations. The company serves more than five million metered customers primarily in Arkansas, Louisiana, Minnesota, Mississippi, Oklahoma, and Texas. Assets total more than $22 billion. With about 8,800 employees, CenterPoint Energy and its predecessor companies have been in business for more than 135 years. For more information, visit the website at www.CenterPointEnergy.com.