Oklahoma Gas and Electric crews return home
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Oklahoma Gas & Electric line crews assisting with restoration efforts in the aftermath of Tropical Storm Isaias and the derecho storm that hit the Midwest are on their way home.
Utility officials said Monday a 65-member team of line crew and resource personnel are expected to arrive in their respective service districts Tuesday afternoon.
The crews initially headed out a couple of weeks ago at the request of Jersey Central Power and Light after Tropical Storm Isaias left 788,000 of its customers without power.
As OG&E crews concluded their power restoration efforts in New Jersey, they were called upon to deploy to Iowa at the request of MidAmerican Energy.
An event on Aug. 10 there generated storms that packed up to 100 mph winds and created power outages for 250,000 MidAmerican Energy customers.
OG&E crews worked four days in the Des Moines and Quad Cities metro areas of Iowa before being released from duty Sunday night.
The Oklahoma City-based utility provided its assistance to both Jersey Central and MidAmerican through its membership in the Midwest Mutual Assistance and Southeast Electrical Exchange (SEE), which dispatches mutual assistance teams in cases of widespread outages.
Companies impacted by major outage events increase the size of their workforce by using (and paying) restoration workers from other companies in unaffected areas, officials said.