Dominion Power helps Northeast recover from snow storm

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - Millions of people in the Northeast are still without power. The weekend snowstorm is keeping emergency crews busy.

Virginia is now helping to get the lights back on in Connecticut. As a wintry fall leaves hundreds of thousands of people in the dark and power lines stringing across roads, Dominion Power crews are quick to answer the call for help.

"They live for this kind of thing, said Dominion Power Spokesman, David Botkins, "It's very rewarding to help people restore power. It's an essential part of life. It's something we take for granted but we have to have electricity."

Virginians can understand the feeling after Hurricane Irene left power outages and destruction last summer. When utility companies asked for help, Botkins says it came like second nature.

"These mutual aid agreements really benefit utilities because we got hit hard in Virginia by Hurricane Irene."

One crew with several men, a bucket truck, and another truck left the west Broad street location, along with another team from the east Richmond building. Several left from northern Virginia, totaling 50 people from Dominion Power.

"We're returning the favor today and we're happy to do it," Botkins added.

Even though they're still fresh off a massive response this past summer, crews are ready to do it all over again. This time it's a whole different beast. They're packed and prepared to stay for up to 10 days.

"We really like helping out our fellow utilities," Botkins noted. "They were hit hard with some unexpected snow and ice and bad weather, so we're happy to reciprocate."

Crews are expected to arrive in Connecticut later on Tuesday afternoon. The utility companies in the Northeast will foot the bill for Dominion Powers' assistance.

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