Houston recovery teams head east to help with Hurricane Matthew

Hurricane Matthew is expected to knock out power to hundreds of thousands - if not millions of people - but CenterPoint crews from right here in Houston are on their way to East Coast to help.

HOUSTON – Hurricane Matthew is expected to knock out power to hundreds of thousands — if not millions of people – but CenterPoint crews from right here in Houston are on their way to East Coast to help.

Dark and early Thursday morning, more than about 40 trucks rolled out of Houston.

“We expect a lot of trees down, wires down transformers down there will be massive damage if it stays a category for storm,” Thomas Klasel, with CenterPoint, said.

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Hurricane Matthew is expected to make landfall in Florida as one of the strongest hurricanes in more than a decade. That’s why more than 200 CenterPoint employees are now on the road.

“They have us going to Lake City, Fla. Depending on the damage they will send us east or west of there or north or south where ever we are needed to help restore power,” Klasel said.

The crews have helped other states before – just as out of state power crews helped Houston in the past too.

“Today we have to help each other. None of us has an app and pulleys to take care of our own storm restoration,” Klasel said.

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The linemen, contractors and other staff plan to be gone about two weeks – all of them offered to go.

“I mean it hurts that you know these people are suffering this way and it may be months before they ever get back into their homes. It does hurt but when we leave there and we leave them with power it does make you feel good.


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