Eleven Gulf Power employees to help in Puerto Rico

PANAMA CITY, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) - Gulf Power is sending more crews to help restore power in Puerto Rico.

A barge was used to ship Gulf Power and other Southern Company bucket trucks and support vehicles to Puerto Rico to be used for storm restoration. The barge left the Mobile, Alabama, area in late December and arrived last week.

In September, Hurricane Maria virtually wiped out all power on the island. Some people were already without power when Maria hit because of Hurricane Irma.

Now, Gulf Power says it's sending eleven employees to be part of a team to help restore power. Other Southern Company team members include employees of Mississippi Power, Alabama Power, and Georgia Power.

“Our crews are geared up, ready to go and ready to make a difference for the people of Puerto Rico,” Adrianne Collins, vice president of Power Delivery, said. “Maria was devastating to the island and our team is committed to help restore power and hope.”

Gulf Power employees will fly to Puerto Rico Saturday and spend about 45 days setting poles, pulling wire, and installing infrastructure.

Several other Gulf Power employees have already gone to Puerto Rico to help.

“Aiding each other following severe weather events is what we do,” said Collins. “Gulf Power crews are storm-ready to handle the difficult job in Puerto Rico in this mutual assistance effort.”

In December, six Gulf Power trucks, as well as other utility vehicles, were loaded onto barges to be ferried to Puerto Rico ahead of the team.