Posted: Oct 30, 2012 5:06 PM
Kentucky Utilities employees are already on the ground in storm ravaged Pennsylvania, helping to restore power to people there.
KU and LG&E workers packed up to help their sister company, PPL Electric Utilities over the weekend on Saturday, and by Sunday they were in place, ready to go.
"To have put the call out before the storm, that was really good, because they were ready to hit the ground running," says Cliff Feltham, Kentucky Utilities spokesperson.
"They're all veterans when it comes to this. They have been out of town working hurricanes multiple times, and they're really good at what they do," says Keith Holeman, Group Leader of Operations and Maintenance.
Holeman is one of about 400 workers on the ground in Tannersville, Pennsylvania, which is just north of Allentown. He says the problem in that rural area isn't flooding.
"For the most part, it's all wind damage. The wind breaking the trees, and causing them to fall and hit the lines," says Holeman.
About 400,000 customers didn't have power as of Tuesday morning. The rain and wind didn't settle until around 1:00 pm. Having been through this before,
"We know we're all going to be in this boat together at sometime or another," explains Feltham.
They say the feedback from the community in eastern Pennsylvania has been good.
"I can't even tell you how many people have come up and said 'God Bless You'. Thank you for coming up from Kentucky to help us. You don't know what it means to us, so you do get a lot of satisfaction from that," says Holeman.
As for when the crews can come home, they say once the lights are back on, however long it takes.