National Grid Crews Head to Florida

Power Crews

With millions still without power in Florida after Irma, more than 300 National Grid employees and 100 vehicles will be leaving today to help local utilities get the lights back on. 

Spokesman Patrick Stella said there's a lot of work to be done.  "Very similar work to what they would be doing here during a storm," Stella said.  "Putting up wires and new poles, things like that.  Obviously, this is a very devastating storm, with millions without power."

It's part of a mutual aid program between utilities to provide help when big storms hit.  

Also on the way is National Grid's mobile command unit.  About 40 of the employees going to Florida are from the Eastern New York area.

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