Pepco is preparing for the ferocious winds and rains from massive Hurricane Sandy that likely will cause immense destruction, extreme flooding and millions of power outages throughout the mid-Atlantic and northeastern United States. The Federal Emergency Management Agency has issued a federal emergency declaration for jurisdictions in our region. Maryland Governor Martin O'Malley and District of Columbia Mayor Vincent C. Gray also have declared states of emergency, because of the expected unprecedented devastation.
All available utility crews east of the Rocky Mountains have been committed to the restoration effort on the Eastern seaboard. PHI, Pepco's parent's company, has secured 1,563 line personnel from states as far away as Texas and Mississippi. A significant number of outside line personnel have already arrived at the staging ground at the Montgomery County Fairgrounds. PHI is working to secure additional commitments as utilities release crews as the storm's path becomes clear. Crews will be deployed based upon greatest damage and need.
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