Toronto Hydro sends nearly 30 workers to Florida to help restore power after Irma
The crews will join Hydro One employees who headed south on Monday
Toronto Hydro is sending nearly 30 workers to Florida on Tuesday to help restore power to the Tampa area following Hurricane Irma.
The workers will join 175 Hydro One employees who headed south on Monday.
Tori Gass, spokesperson for Toronto Hydro, said the crews are leaving from Toronto Hydro's Etobicoke facility.
Toronto Hydro received a call from Florida utilities on late Monday.
"This is a bit far for us to be going. I'm not even sure we've been this far before. But that just speaks to the devastation that's down there," she said.
"We'll be doing whatever is necessary to help them do repairs and get the power back up for those customers who really need it right now."
Gass said the crews will bring their bucket trucks and Toronto Hydro expects most of the work to involve fixing overhead wires.
Close to 4.5 million homes and businesses lost power in the hurricane that made landfall in the U.S. early Sunday, and utility officials say it will take weeks to restore electricity in the state.
Toronto Hydro and Hydro One have reciprocal agreements with North American utilities to provide help during major power outages.
In these situations, all costs are covered by the utility receiving the help.
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