AEP Ohio sending 745 workers to Florida; may impact wait times here


AEP Ohio said Saturday it is sending 745 employees and contractors (line personnel, tree crews, assessors and crew supervisors) from throughout its service territory to Florida to help restore power expected to be lost when Hurricane Irma moves though the state.

Crews will initially be staged in Lake City, Florida, and then be moved where needed after the storm passes, the company said in a press release.

“For decades, utility companies across the country have come together when disasters strike. Having extra hands on deck can help get power back on faster for customers impacted by the storm. Currently, Florida Power Light and Tampa Electric have asked for assistance from AEP Ohio crews,” AEP said.

“Florida needs help and we’re committed to doing our part,” said Julie Sloat, AEP Ohio president and chief operating officer. “Sending crews down south will reduce our available workforce in Ohio, which may impact wait times for local customers. We ask for your patience as we help our neighbors in need and promise that all our employees and contractors will return to Ohio as soon as possible.”

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