FortisAlberta has sent 19 employees to Turks and Caicos islands to help with restoring power to the area after it was rocked by Hurricane Irma.
The storm caused extensive flooding and damaged many homes on the islands southeast of the Bahamas. The team deployed by the Alberta electricity provider will help its sister utility, FortisTCI.
“Our thoughts and prayers go out to our friends and colleagues at FortisTCI and all Turks and Caicos residents,” Cam Aplin, FortisAlberta’s vice president of operations, said in a news release on Saturday.
“FortisTCI is an extension of the Fortis family and we are proud to be able to support the restoration efforts and get their customers’ power back on as quickly and safely as possible.”
Fifteen power line technicians, two area managers, one heavy duty mechanic and Aplin departed for Turks and Caicos Saturday morning.
The Turks and Caicos disaster management agency said flooding is widespread and power is out throughout the island chain. There are many downed trees and utility poles, making some roads impassable.
Minister of Instructure Gold Ray Ewing said damage on the island of Providenciales will total at least half-a-billion dollars.
-With files from the Canadian Press
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