CenterPoint crews traveling from Houston to Atlanta to help with winter storm

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by Larry Seward / KHOU 11 News

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Posted on February 11, 2014 at 9:52 AM

Updated Tuesday, Feb 11 at 10:00 AM

HOUSTON -- Nearly 60 CenterPoint Energy linemen hit the interstate early Tuesday to assist Georgia Power in response to another round of impending wintry weather.

Forecasters say the storm is projected to bring ice and snow to the Atlanta area.

“It is very rewarding because you’re able to go there, you’re able to lend a hand to the people that are less fortunate than ourselves,” said Operations Manager Lee Bishop. “If it ever happened here, they would come and help us out, too. So we’re just returning the favor.”

Memories of the last Georgia winter storm are still painfully fresh. Students were trapped on buses or at schools and thousands of cars were abandoned along highways as short commutes turned into odysseys. One woman gave birth on a jammed interstate.

According to the company, CenterPoint Energy partners with other utilities in mutual assistance agreements to lend a hand during widespread power outage emergencies. Most recently, crews traveled to Dallas to provide assistance after winter storms left thousands without power in North Texas.

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