NC workers to help restore power in DC

RALEIGH About 100 Progress Energy employees and 100 contract crew members left Saturday from central and eastern North Carolina and northern South Carolina to lend aid.

They will be working to help Baltimore Gas & Electric and PHI (Pepco Holdings Inc.) restore service to tens of thousands of customers who lost power in the winter storm.

Officials say crews are prepared to remain in the area for up to a week. Utilities there report significant damage caused by snow and ice on trees, limbs and power facilities.

Progress Energy is providing assistance as part of a mutual-assistance agreement with utilities throughout the region. Under the assistance pact, numerous other utilities have come to the Carolinas to support Progress Energy's efforts to restore power after ice storms and hurricanes in recent years.

Baltimore Gas & Electric employees and contractors were in the Carolinas last weekend to assist with repairs after an ice storm.

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