AEP, Dominion crews head south to help with Irma recovery

ROANOKE, Va. - Workers for Appalachian Power are headed to Florida and Georgia to help out with Irma recovery efforts. 

More than 380 AEP employees left Tuesday morning. They will repair damage to electrical facilities after Georgia Power and Tampa Electric make the request for crews. 

Some electric utilities are reporting major infrastructure damage, with some saying that 90 percent of its customers are without power. 

Appalachian Power workers are prepared to face rough conditions upon arriving in the south. 

Dominion Energy is also sending more than 700 employees to the area. They say this is likely to be one of the largest electric industry restoration efforts in US history. Crews from Minnesota, Louisiana, Ohio and Arkansas are also providing relief. 

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