Toronto Hydro crews loaded up 15 vehicles to take to Tampa, Florida to help restore power following Hurricane Irma.
Toronto Hydro has sent 28 employees and 15 trucks to Florida to help restore power following Hurricane Irma.
Damage throughout Florida is severe and millions of customers are without power. Our crews are travelling to the Tampa area, which is on Florida's Gulf Coast, to provide emergency assistance and help restore power to people dealing with the devastating aftermath of the hurricane.
We had offered up resources to any utility in Florida that needed help on Sunday. Tampa Electric accepted the offer late in the afternoon on Monday.
"The destruction in Florida is extreme. The images on the news show severe damage to numerous towns and cities. Electricity will be essential for the re-building process, which is why we're answering the call for help and sending crews to Tampa," said John Borowitz, General Manager, Distribution Grid Operations and Emergency Management, Toronto Hydro.
Crews are driving bucket trucks and other vehicles to Florida and the trip is expected to take approximately two and a half days. They departed from our Etobicoke location at around 9:30 a.m. today.
About Toronto Hydro
Toronto Hydro owns and operates the electricity distribution system for Canada's largest city. A leader in conservation and demand management, it has 765,000 customers located in the city of Toronto and distributes approximately 19% of the electricity consumed in Ontario.
SOURCE: Toronto Hydro Corporation