Delta sends help to Hurricane Sandy areas
by Rory Doyle
Oct 31, 2012 | 2364 views | 0 0 comments | 22 22 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Entergy Corporation utilities in Mississippi, Arkansas, Louisiana and Texas sent out a second wave of emergency workers to the Northeast on Monday to help restore services to those impacted by Hurricane Sandy.

The company has sent more than 850 highly experienced restoration workers and support personnel in response.

Entergy began the call for help by sending out 305 workers on Saturday in anticipation of a massive restoration effort.

High winds and strong rains began Monday night along the east coast and are not expected to dissipate until this evening.

“The Delta Region Entergy Mississippi has sent a total of 16 employees to help with the storm response in the Northeast," said Cheryl Comans, customer service manger for Cleveland Entergy.

"Some of these employees left on Saturday and some left Tuesday," added Comans. "There are a total of eight Entergy employees from Cleveland and Indianola who are traveling to the Northeast to help with the restoration effort.”

Entergy's Storm Response Coordinator Greg Grillo said crews are well prepared to help with the damage.

“We are sending more workers, both our company employees and our resident contract work force, to join those who left last weekend,” said Grillo. “They include scouts, who assess damage when safe to do so after the storm and tool workers who will help rebuild the electrical system.”

In addition, Entergy will provide some customer service representatives to remotely answer customer calls from affected areas.

“Sandy is forecasted to be a devastating storm,” Grillo said. “We are ready to help the utility companies in the region, just as they have helped us in the past.”

Specific destinations for the crews will be change based on severity of damage.