SCE&G again sends crews to Florida
Eric Boomhower
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Columbia, S.C., Sept. 29, 2004 - SCE&G again sent storm support personnel to help restore power to millions of residents in hurricane-battered Florida. Hurricane Jeanne, the fourth storm to pound Florida in the past month, caused further damage to a state still trying to recover from the earlier storms.

"As we've said before, helping our neighbors in a trying time such as this is the right thing to do," said Charles White, SCE&G's emergency response coordinator.

One contingent of SCE&G crews left Columbia around 6 a.m. Wednesday. A second group pulled out of Ridgeland at about the same time. In all, about 100 support personnel will aid Tampa Electric Co. in its restoration efforts.

SCE&G's storm response crews are fully "self contained" and include every kind of resource storm personnel will need, from fleet support to food and security.

"Making sure our employees remain safe under dangerous conditions is always our top priority when going into an area that has been heavily damaged," White said. "From lodging to food to vehicle maintenance, it's a full time job when you're at home and even more so when you're in another state."