About 20,000 Progress Energy customers are without power due to Tropical Storm Debby. 68 Gulf Power employees loaded up their trucks Tuesday morning and headed south to assist in efforts to restore power.
Its part of the southeastern weather exchange mutual assistance program, an agreement between regional utility companies to back each other when severe weather events cause major power outages.
Gulf crews will be repairing damaged transformers and replacing downed power lines.
“We know how important it is for the recovery of the area to have electricity and we know that we need to be in there first and get that taken care of, we are happy to do it,” said Sandy Sims, Public Affairs of Gulf Power.
The company that requests the assistance pays for it, in this case, Progress Energy.
The Bay County Gulf Power crews will likely be in the St. Pete for about a week.
Crews from Fort Walton Beach and Pensacola are also assisting.