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FPL employees headed north to lend helping hand to restore power

3:56 PM, Jul 1, 2012   |    comments
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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -Dozens of Florida Power and Light trucks formed a caravan out of Jacksonville Sunday morning , headed north to help restore power in Maryland where many are without power due to severe storms.

Some of the employees headed north are from the St. Augustine and Lake City service areas. They got a head start and left from Savannah, Georgia, Sunday morning. The rest drove up from South Florida Saturday, spent the night at the Crown Plaza hotel near the Jacksonville airport, and left around 9 a.m.

They will be working for PEPCO, the electric company in the Washington, D.C. area that also services parts of Maryland. They could be there for as long as a week.

"It is what we do," said T.J. Winder, manager of the travel contingent." In this industry, each utility has the obligation to help other utilities in need. They have reached out and requested support and we are on our way to try and support them and try to get their lights on as safely and quickly as possible."

More than 60 trucks and 15  support vehicles are on the road. "I know how it is," said Jason Sanon of Miami.  "I went through Hurricane Andrew and I know how it is to be without power, we're just here to lend a helping hand."

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