September 14, 2017
CT Green Guide

Eversource aid convoy arrives in battered Florida

Contributed photo
Contributed photo
Eversource's southbound fleet several days ago.

Eversource crews traveling in a 70-truck convoy have reached hurricane-damaged Florida, beginning power restoration work Wednesday morning, the utility said.

The 100 crewmembers from Connecticut, Massachusetts and New Hampshire left for Florida Sept. 9. They are helping Florida Power & Light repair widespread damage to the energy system caused by Hurricane Irma's severe winds and coastal flooding.

According to the Orlando Sentinel, approximately 2.6 million Florida homes and businesses didn't have power as of Thursday morning.

Eversource is a member of the Mutual Aid Network, a volunteer network of utility companies that coordinates aid following storms and other emergencies.

"In the past when we needed help, crews from all over the East Coast, including Florida, have assisted with our restoration efforts," Eversource Incident Commander Marc Geaumont said in a statement. "We're proud to provide aid to our utility partners that have readily supported us in previous storms."

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