Multiple caravans of mutual assistance crews have left Houston for the East Coast to help restore power after Hurricane Sandy. This morning, more than 40 CNP linemen and support personnel left to help Baltimore Gas & Electric with restoring power. Early Monday, more than 60 CNP linemen and support personnel headed northeast to help Pepco, which delivers electric service to more than 788,000 customers in Maryland and the District of Columbia.
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.
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.