SCE&G Releases Crews to Support Florida Restoration Efforts Columbia, SC
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Oct. 26, 2005, Columbia, SC - South Carolina Electric & Gas Co. this morning dispatched approximately 160 linemen, tree crews, support personnel and contractors to assist Florida Power & Light (FP&L) with power restoration efforts in south Florida in the wake of Hurricane Wilma. FP&L reported nearly 2.7 million customers without power as of this morning.

The crews departed from Columbia at approximately 5:00 a.m. this morning headed to both the West Palm Beach and Ft. Lauderdale areas.

The SCE&G storm team is a self-contained unit that brings all the necessary tools, equipment and supplies it will need for an extended stay. Among the many bucket trucks and tree-clearing equipment taken on the journey is a vehicle called the "Marsh Master." This unique device is specifically designed to traverse rugged as well as swampy terrain to repair power lines in remote areas. The Marsh Master resembles an off-road vehicle with bulldozer-like tracks that allows it to travel in areas that other vehicles cannot. It is particularly well-suited for swampy conditions that workers will face in south Florida.

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