Local power crews head toward Irma to help

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Local power crews head toward Irma to help. Bob Brooks reports during Action News at 5 p.m. on September 10, 2017.

Two-hundred PECO employees and contractors departed from the Eddystone, Delaware County station Sunday morning as Hurricane Irma made landfall in Florida around the same time.

More than a million people in Florida are without power.

"We know there is going to be a lot of work to be done. Preparing for the worst, hoping for the best. But our crews are standing by, they are making their way down there, and they are ready to respond where they're needed the most," PECO Specialist Greg Smore said.

The team is part of 1,800 utilities employees heading south from our area.

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Hurricane Irma's storm surge causes streets to flood in downtown Miami.

"This includes our sister utilities Atlantic City Electric and Delmarva Power, as well as some other utilities," Smore said.

Smore says he is proud to help those companies who helped out in the Philadelphia region during Superstorm Sandy.

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Storm reaches Florida on September 10, 2017.

"It's great to be able to repay the favor to those crews who've helped us in the past," Smore said.

The caravan will go as far south as North Carolina Sunday night, then wake up and get to work.

PSE&G sent 154 employees down to Florida. Delmarva Power also sent down help.

They also say this is their chance to give back to so many who also helped them when restoring the damage left from Sandy.

"When we get hit up here, take Sandy for instance, we count on people coming from across the country to help us. Now it's our time to get our folks out and help them," Delmarva Power President Gary Stockbridge said.
FOR MORE: Complete coverage of Hurricane Irma

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