Canada Canadian power crews head to Irma-hit Florida to help restore service

18:06  12 september  2017
18:06  12 september  2017 Source:   CBC

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Two dozen Nova Scotia Power employees are heading to Tampa, Fla., Tuesday morning to help restore power following Hurricane Irma . She also said Nova Scotia Power will pull its crews back if severe weather heads toward Atlantic Canada .

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Emera teams from Nova Scotia heading south to be on hurricane standby

  Emera teams from Nova Scotia heading south to be on hurricane standby Emera teams from Nova Scotia heading south to be on hurricane standby Nova Scotia Power's parent company says it's sending teams from the province to have help at the ready in Florida and the Bahamas as Hurricane Irma moves through the region. The Halifax-based company, which owns a subsidiary in Tampa, Fl. and has stakes in Caribbean utilties, has already sent a small team of field supervisors to Grand Bahama island, according to spokesperson Simon Couper. A team of 45 will be sent by Emera Utility Services to Atlanta, Ga.

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Nova Scotia Power powerline technician, Jason Cochrane, is preparing to head to Tampa, Fl. Tuesday morning. © Kayla Hounsell/CBC Nova Scotia Power powerline technician, Jason Cochrane, is preparing to head to Tampa, Fl. Tuesday morning.

Two dozen Nova Scotia Power employees were en route Tampa on Tuesday morning. An additional 175 Hydro One employees from across Ontario are also heading south. Toronto Hydro says it sent nearly 30 employees Tuesday to assist after receiving a request for assistance from Tampa Electric.

Nearly 7½ million customers across five states were without power Tuesday morning as Irma — now a tropical storm — continued inland.

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The crews hit the road around 2 p.m. with police escorting them to I-94. They’re stopping in Georgia along the way and are expected to arrive in Florida by Sunday night just in time for Irma . “We’re there to get the power restored ,” said Browning smiling again.

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Nova Scotia Power employees prepared to leave Tuesday morning to help restore power to Florida residents. © Brett Ruskin/CBC Nova Scotia Power employees prepared to leave Tuesday morning to help restore power to Florida residents.

Jason Cochrane took a flight from Halifax Stanfield International Airport along with 19 other NSP power line technicians, two supervisors and a restoration team lead.

"It's different infrastructure than what we have to a certain extent, so there'll be a bit of a learning curve there as well," Cochrane said. "But we'll be integrated into their workforce, so we'll be assisting them to get everything put back together."

Joining Emera crews

The NSP team will join 86 other Nova Scotians from their parent company, Emera, who are also heading to Tampa. Halifax-based Emera owns a subsidiary in Tampa.

"We're going to be doing anything that we can to help Tampa Electric get their customers back online," said NSP spokesperson Tiffany Chase. "We know there's been significant damage to their system as a result of that severe storm and so anything that our team can do to assist them, we want to do down in Tampa."

2 weeks on the ground

Crews have been told to expect to be on the ground in the U.S. for two weeks, but that could change as they get a better idea of what they're dealing with. 

"It's neat to have an opportunity like this to go to another country and to help out and to get the power back on safely," said Cochrane.

Chase said she doesn't know how much the effort will cost but it will be covered by Tampa Electric. She also said Nova Scotia Power will pull its crews back if severe weather heads toward Atlantic Canada.

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