Utility workers from across Florida to travel more than 1,000 miles; expected to arrive in Little Rock, Arkansas, and Mesquite, Texas, on Saturday.
Florida Power & Light Company crews depart West Palm Beach Service Center as part of the ice storm travel team supporting utilities in Arkansas and Texas on Dec. 5, 2013 in West Palm Beach, Fla. (PRNewsFoto/Florida Power & Light Company)
Florida Power & Light Co. is deploying more than 500 employees and contractors to Arkansas and Texas in support of power restoration activity anticipated in the wake of an approaching winter storm. FPL crews, who will be joined by other utility workers from around the country, will assist Entergy in Arkansas and Oncor in Texas with their respective restoration efforts.
"FPL is all too willing to offer assistance to other utilities in their time of need, just as they often provide assistance to our company when FPL customers are impacted by a hurricane, tropical storm or other natural disaster," said Eric Silagy, president of FPL. "Regardless of the time of year, FPL is always on call – even with the most recent hurricane season behind us. We are prepared to deploy additional resources should Entergy, Oncor or any other utility have a need as this very dangerous weather system approaches."
The FPL workforce from across Florida began its more than 1,000-mile journey this morning and is expected to begin restoration work soon after its arrival this Saturday. The crews will remain on the job for as long as their assistance is needed. They are likely to face extreme winter weather conditions including ice, snow and unusually cold temperatures.
In the past, FPL has provided assistance to areas impacted by major weather events, including the deployment of approximately 1,000 FPL workers to the Northeast in the aftermath of Superstorm Sandy in 2012.