NJ crews bring relief to Carolinas as Dorian moves assault up East Coast

Justin Udo
September 05, 2019 - 12:45 pm
A car rives around a fallen tree branch on Calhoun St on September 4, 2019 in Charleston, South Carolina. Hurricane Dorian is just off coast of South Carolina.

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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — Hurricane Dorian has left a path of destruction throughout the Caribbean, and in South Carolina officials are preparing for potential damage in an all-hands-on-deck effort to help residents affected by the storm.

Last Thursday Phillip Castro and dozens of other local utility workers put their day jobs on hold to go down south and help bring relief from the hurricane.

"There are 64 of us, coming from 64 different locations," Castro said. "This is something that's very exciting for us, to be able to help people all over the United States get their power back on." 

Castro who works for Atlantic City Electric says his guys, alongside workers from Delaware and Maryland, are currently in Florence, South Carolina.

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"We replace poles. We repair any wires in the air. We remove any debris that can potentially be in the wires. We rebuild the entire line, or entire street in some of the most heavily hit areas," Castro said.

He says they're ready to stay as long as they are needed.

"It'll be seven days a week, 16 hours a day, out in the field restoring customers' power, doing everything we can to help the people of South Carolina, North Carolina," he said. "It becomes very grueling, very exhausting because you're working in the heat, long sleeves, pants rubber gloves."

Castro says they have about 1,700 linemen and support staff on deck, ready to jump into action.