ONCOR crews head to Baltimore to assist with power outages

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by Colleen Coyle

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Posted on October 29, 2012 at 8:39 AM

Updated Monday, Oct 29 at 8:46 AM

MESQUITE - Over 120 Oncor employees will set out on a 22 hour journey to Baltimore, Maryland Monday morning to assist with potential power outages due to Hurricane Sandy. Bucket and service trucks will meet up with Baltimore Gas and Electric to help restore what could be hundreds of thousands of power outages if Sandy hits the coast at the strength forecasted.

"Our biggest concern is going to be on the safety of our crews. Secondly, we want to get as many people on as possible. We want to restore power as quickly as possible because we don't know what we're going to face when we get there. A convergence of a hurricane and a noreaster - nobody really knows the conditions that these customers are going to face. We're really going prepared for anything," Kris Spears from Oncor said.

Oncor crews will be leaving out of three locations inside the metroplex: Arlington, Mesquite, and HEB. Terrell, Tyler, and Round Rock will also be sending Oncor assistance.

Oncor employees are expected to begin working Wednesday with Baltimore Gas and Electric. Hundreds of thousands of people up and down the New England Coast could be without power for days due to Hurricane Sandy.

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