With Hurricane Sandy almost at our door, Delmarva Power has extra crews on standby to assist once the powerful storm hits the area.
According to the utility, nearly 360 linemen are poised to help restore power when needed. Additionally, 200 tree-removal crewmen are also prepared to go to work.
The company has also requested 3,700 additional workers from other states through the utility mutual aid program. It has received commitments from 1,400, including some from as far away as Alabama and Louisiana.
“Delmarva Power has dedicated all of its resources in support of (response to) Hurricane Sandy,” said Gary Stockbridge, regional president of Delmarva Power.
Delmarva is staging at the Fisker Plant in Wilmington.
Stockbridge acknowledged that customers want immediate response to an outage but warned that the magnitude of the impending storm won't make that possible.
“We will not be issuing estimated restoration times until the storm has passed and a preliminary damage assessment has been conducted,” he said in a prepared statement Sunday night. “At that time, a global estimated restoration time will be released, indicating when we expect to have 90 percent of customers restored.”