Hurricane Irma: DP&L crews arrive in St. Pete, Florida, ready for assignment

UPDATE @ 6:33 p.m. 

DP&L crews have arrived safely in St. Petersburg, where they will be working to restore power after the damage caused by Hurricane Irma.

Crews are waiting to hear their assignments.

UPDATE @ 3:49 p.m. (Sept. 11):

DP&L crews in Florida have mobilized and should be getting their assignments this afternoon or evening, spokeswoman Mary Ann Kabel said.

The crews started moving this afternoon to the area where they likely will be working to restore power following Hurricane Irma.

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UPDATE @ 11:45 a.m. (Sept. 11)

Crews from DP&L in Florida say it’s still too windy for them to start assisting and helping restore power to thousands.

There are 16 DP&L workers in Florida. They hope to start working Tuesday as the winds calm down.


Dayton Power & Light is sending linemen and power trucks to help with Hurricane Irma recovery once it slams Florida.

They won’t be alone.

Duke Energy, First Energy in Ohio and Vectren  are sending hundreds of linemen, tree trimmers and damage assessors to Florida, too.

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The DP&L linemen left Thursday morning and will stage in Georgia outside of the hurricane’s path, a spokesperson said. Crews will wait to receive orders from Duke Energy.

Vectrren plans to send about 50 contractors to Florida to “assist wherever needed.”

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