Alectra crews leave St. Catharines for Pennsylvania

For the third time in less than a year, Alectra Utilities has sent crews to the United States to help restore power after an extreme weather event.

A contingent of 35 powerline staff and supervisors left Alectra’s St. Catharines operation centre early yesterday morning in a convoy of service vehicles heading towards the Philadelphia and eastern Pennsylvania area.

They will be assisting the local utility, PECO, in restoring power to customers following the severe nor’easter that swept across the U.S. northeast, knocking out power to over two million homes and businesses.

Last March, following a windstorm in the Rochester, New York area, Alectra crews assisted the local utility in restoring power to their customers and then later in September, Alectra powerline technicians travelled to Georgia to lend a helping hand following the devastation left by Hurricane Irma.

PECO will reimburse Alectra for the cost of its crews and service trucks .