North Texas

Oncor Crews Provide Hurricane Help

Local Oncor crews are on the way to the Southeast United States to help in the aftermath of Hurricane Matthew.

On Thursday morning dozens of workers and equipment trucks gathered at the Tanger Outlets in Terrell to convoy to Mississippi where they’ll spend the night before heading to the hurricane affected areas.

The North Texas chapter of the American Red Cross is stepping in to help in the aftermath of Hurricane Matthew.

The power company is sending about 450 volunteers from across the service area to provide mutual assistance to crews in Florida and Georgia.

"We'll do everything from putting lines back up, setting new poles, clearing limbs and trees that have fallen on power lines, really anything that would occur here we will do there,” said company spokesman Kris Spears. “Obviously the devastation after a hurricane will be a little bit different, but it is something we're used to."

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Crews in the affected area have helped out North Texas in the past.

Spears said one of the most recent events saw workers from all over coming to help Oncor during the 2012 ice storms in DFW.

Now Oncor workers said it’s their turn to return the favor.

"So many of our employees have done a lot of this mutual assistance work before. We helped out in Hurricanes Ike, Katrina, Rita, we were up in the Northeast for Superstorm Sandy,” Spears said.

The Oncor teams plan to be in Florida and Georgia by Saturday morning so they are ready to respond immediately as the storm hits the region.

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