Extra Crews on Hand for Potential Outages

By: The Associated Press
By: The Associated Press

Mississippi utility companies have extra crews on hand for possible widespread outages from Isaac.

Mississippi Power Company spokesman Jeff Shepard says the company's storm plan will be activated once they see the damage and the need. He said Mississippi Power workers will be shifted to the areas of the greatest need. He said they have requested additional line workers and tree trimmers.

Entergy Mississippi spokeswoman Mara Hartmann told the Clarion-Ledger that the company has asked for 3,750 additional workers from outside the service territory to help restore service in Mississippi and southeastern Louisiana.

Southern Pine Electric Power Association, which has more than 10,000 miles of line, also is monitoring Isaac. The company says it's impossible to predict how long outages will last. But it has
acquired electrical contractors and crews from cooperatives in surrounding states to help get power restored, if service is lost.

Ron Stewart, senior vice-president of the Electric Power Associations of Mississippi, says members should expect outages that could be several days long if extensive damage is done by the storm to utility infrastructure in the state.

Atmos Energy, the state's largest natural gas supplier, is also monitoring Isaac.

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