The Delmarva Power crews, including 45 aerial line mechanics along with safety and support personnel, left this morning from the Delmarva Power New Castle Regional Office in Newark.
Delmarva Power employees are joining with Atlantic City Electric to answer the call for help in Florida and other southern states dealing with the aftermath of Hurricane Irma.
More than 70 employees and 180 contractors departed this morning to head south to help repair damage and restore electric service to customers who are expected to be impacted by the hurricane.
These lineworkers and safety and support personnel are preparing to assist the potentially millions of customers who could be left without electric service as a result of this historic storm.
More than 120 Delmarva Power employees including aerial line mechanics along with safety and support personnel have been sent south as part of the mutual assistance networks coordinating recovery efforts.
They left today, Sept. 10, at about 9 a.m. from the Delmarva Power New Castle Regional Office on Eagle Run Road in Newark.
Crews departed after loading their trucks with necessary supplies and a safety briefing, beginning their multi-day trip south.
They will make several stops before arriving in Florida or Georgia, wherever assistance is needed. Crews are expected to contribute to storm restoration work for the next few weeks.
Delmarva Power and Atlantic City Electric, along with its Exelon sister utilities, BGE, ComEd, PECO, and Pepco are providing more than 1,800 employees and contractors to help support what is expected to be one of the nation’s largest power restoration efforts ever.
Seventy-five customer contact center employees from Atlantic City Electric, Delmarva Power and Pepco are also helping by responding to overflow emergency calls from Florida based Tampa Electric.
“Crews from utilities across the country supported our response to Hurricane Sandy, and other major storms, and we are glad to return the favor,” said Gary Stockbridge, Delmarva Power region president. “We are proud of our dedicated employees and contractors who are answering the call for help to support what is expected to be a monumental restoration effort."
Delmarva Power has been tracking Hurricane Irma since it formed to ensure utility resources could be directed where and when they were needed. Throughout Exelon, emergency preparedness teams work year-round to coordinate restoration efforts and share best practices to be ready for scenarios like Hurricane Irma.
Over the years, Delmarva Power has sent hundreds of crews and support personnel to assist utilities, in our region and across the country, as part of regional, mutual assistance networks. Just as Delmarva Power provides support, crews from across the U.S. have helped with restoration efforts in this region following severe storms.
"Delmarva Power greatly appreciates the dedication and skill of our employees and contractors who answer the call to assist others in times of need. We are focused on their safety as they work to restore the energy services that are critical to customers’ daily lives," Stockbridge said.