More than 80 technicians riding in a convoy of about 50 trucks left Monday for Virginia to help Dominion Power restore service to its customers. CenterPoint's Alisha Dixon says after they arrived Wednesday, they've been working non-stop, putting in 16-hour days.
"You need safety personnel, troubleshooters, folks to go out and look at the damage and assess the damage so, it's not just linemen, you need mechanics that travel on the road that help with any problems with the trucks. So, it's a logistical ordeal to get these many people safely there and keep things up and running and keep things going."
She says they're part of a network of utility companies that helps restore power during outages caused by hurricanes, ice storms and devastating thunderstorms like in Virginia.
"No utility is gonna have the resources on hand day-to-day, to handle this many outages. At one point, there were more than 2.5 million people without power up in the Northeast. And just like we had nearly 2 million out following Hurricane Ike, we had about 11 thousand mutual assistance folks from all over the country and as far away as Canada come to help us. So, it was a long way for these guys to travel but, we wanted to repay the favor and in these cases, it's always better to give than to receive."
Homes and businesses from Indiana through Ohio and Virginia were affected by the storms last weekend. Dixon says their crews will remain in Virginia until they're no longer needed.