October 25, 2005
Hurricane Wilma is now quickly advansing through the Atlantic ocean, but not before she blew through parts of Florida, leaving millions without power. Some local Dominion Power workers from our own area area heading to Florida to help restore light to those affected by Hurricane Wilma.
As damage from Hurricane Wilma still lingers for those who lived through to see it, members of Dominion Power in Charlottesville geared up around 5:30 a.m. this morning to provide some needed support.
"The next couple of days, we will be assisting for the light and power [companies] in restoring service [to those affected by] Hurricane Wilma," explained Dennis Powell with Dominion Power.
Power is just one of the four Dominion Power workers who is heading to Florida with less than 24 hours notice. He said that the team is ready to do anything and everything to quickly get power back to as many people as possible.
"[We'll do] anything from replacing poles, to transformers, to installing new [power] lines. Whatever it takes to get the electricity restored to the area," Powers said.
All four workers from Dominion Power will spend more than 15 hours on the road, and countless more hours using trucks to help restore power to an estimated 6 million people.
"Well I just went home and packed my clothes up and I was ready," said Bernard Johnson, Dominion Power Truck Operator. He explained that he doesn't mind the short notice or the long drive, because it is like returning a favor to an old friend.
"It gives me a good feeling to help people when their power is out, because when Isabelle hit they came up and helped us."
For the next two weeks, Bernard and the rest of the crew members will work, and help put light back into so many people's lives.
Before they get to Florida, they will meet with other power workers in the Virginia area. They are expected to make it to Florida sometime tomorrow. Expenses are covered by a Florida power company.