Texas crews headed north to help restore power

CenterPoint Energy crews left Houston, Texas Monday, headed to the east coast to help restore power to victims of Hurricane Sandy. Approximately 60 linemen and 18 support personnel left at 6 a.m. to drive the 1,400-mile trip to restore power in Baltimore, Maryland and Washington, D.C. “It is rough work,” said Dan Martinez, one of the CenterPoint linemen on the crew. “You’ve seen from Ike what we had to go through. We’ll be doing 16 hour days picking up line wires, but you never know what kind of conditions you will have. Hopefully it won’t be as bad as they say.” Millions are currently without power. “Everybody is always happy to see any utility company show up because they know they’ll be getting their lights on,” Martinez said. The crews may also face snowy conditions. “I definitely have my long johns because it’s supposed to snow up there,” lineman Jaime Salines said. “They’re predicting 8 to 12 inches of snow in two days.” The CenterPoint crews said they’re expected to arrive in Baltimore on Wednesday morning.

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