Oncor Crews Preparing To Help With Hurricane Aftermath

Alan Scaia
September 13, 2018 - 5:43 am
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DALLAS (1080 KRLD) - About 200 Oncor employees and contractors are headed for the East Coast to help as Hurricane Florence churns in the mid-Atlantic. 

Oncor Electric Delivery and its contractors are sending trucks and manpower to the East Coast to repair lines after Hurricane Florence passes. Trucks and 200 people left from Oncor's service center in Benbrook Thursday morning.

"The idea is if you have partners all across the country, when things like this happen, people like Duke Energy can say, 'Hey, Oncor, we need some help on the East Coast," and then we rise to the occasion," says Oncor's Jen Myers.

Myers says Duke Energy, the electric utility in the Carolinas, sent help when 800,000 people in North Texas lost electricity in severe weather in 2014. She says Oncor and other utilities also sent crews to the Texas coast after Hurricane Harvey last year.

"We helped on Hurricane Harvey, we helped on Hurricane Irma and also with Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico," Myers says. "This is something we're passionate about. People need help, we want to come help them."

Oncor will spend Thursday night and Tennessee and wait for orders from Duke Energy on where to go.

Myers says crews are prepared to spend weeks along the east coast if Florence causes significant damage to power lines.