For Immediate Release
For Immediate ReleaseNovember 17, 2005
The last of the Pepco crews sent to Florida to help restore power in the wake of Hurricane Wilma arrived home this week after more than two weeks of 16-hour days setting poles and stringing cable in the Miami area.
"We`re happy to be home. We`re tired but we take great satisfaction knowing we were able to help so many people," said George Gacser, who supervised a contingent of 60 linemen, mechanics and support personnel from Pepco, Delmarva Power and Atlantic City Electric, all subsidiaries of Pepco Holdings, Inc.
PHI crews also went to the aid of Gulf Coast utilities in September following hurricanes Katrina and Rita as part of the industry`s mutual assistance plan.Before heading home, the mayor and commissioners of Surfside, a beachfront town north of Miami Beach, recognized the crews for their "tireless effort and outstanding work in restoring power in the Community."
Gacser said Surfside had been without power for ten days when PHI crews arrived and started their restoration effort.
"When Hurricane Isabel hit us two years ago, hundreds of utility workers from across the country came to our assistance. This year, it was our turn to offer that same kind of help to communities in need," Gacser said.
Pepco, a wholly owned subsidiary of Pepco Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: POM), delivers electricity at regulated rates to 725,000 customers in Washington and major portions of Montgomery and Prince George`s counties in suburban Maryland.