PA Utilities Travel to Help Ike Victims

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PHILADELPHIA - Pennsylvania Utility Crews are trucking their way to Texas to help restore electricity and gas to the hundreds of thousands of homes in the Texas gulf still without their utilities Sunday.

Watch the video on this page to see crews preparing to leave and heading out plus company spokeswoman Vonda Page with Pepco Holdings discusses the work ahead for the utility crews.

Page Verbatim:

"They are going to be untangling trees from a mess of wires and getting debris and things away from the wire. Another thing that's going to be happening, is depending on how far the process is by the time our crews get there, we'll either be helping to stage our work in terms how we're going to be installing poles into the ground, and doing that type of thing.

"But for the most part we sent electrical line crews, so they're going to be working to install poles and wires to get the electricity service up and running.

"It's going to be challenging for a couple of reasons, one it's going to be a lot of stress and pressure on our utilities as well as the local utilities and everyone else who gets sent there, because nobody wants to be without power and unfortunately it does take a lot of skill and specialized equipment to get the power up and running.

"So I think just the fact that it's going to be a widespread outage for such a significant period of time, I think it's going to take a toll on a lot of people."

Sources: ABC News, NNS, Associated Press

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