Mississippi Power to assist Florida residents in Pensacola - WLOX.com - The News for South Mississippi

Mississippi Power to assist Florida residents in Pensacola

Posted: Updated:
GULFPORT, MS (WLOX) -

After Hurricane Katrina, local residents can remember when power companies from other states made their way into South Mississippi and assisted in our recovery. Mississippi Power has, and will always return the favor when power restoration is needed in neighboring states.

"Mississippi power is sending about 45 employees, including line crews and personnel, to assist with energy restoration in Gulf Power," said Mississippi Power spokesman Keith Guillot.

He said the city of Pensacola, FL was severely affected by the ice storm and Gulf Power, a sister company of Mississippi Power, needs help restoring electricity in that area.

Mississippi Power Line Supervisor Robert Buras says South Mississippi fared well, and that's why local crews are heading to Florida.

"In Pensacola they have about 6,000 customers out and we're planning on trying to arrive there later on this afternoon to help restore the power to them," said Buras.

Buras, and other Mississippi Power volunteers from South Mississippi, held a briefing Wednesday morning before traveling to Pensacola.

"When we start heading out as we go towards Biloxi, once we get close to Biloxi we'll call the Biloxi group to get into our convoy," Buras told the crew of volunteers. 

The men got into their trucks, lined up and began their journey to Pensacola. However, they ran into road blocks.

A number of the roads and bridges were closed due to icing, and the South Mississippi crew was forced to return back to the coast and will be on standby ready to hit the highway once the roadways are opened.

Mississippi Power spokesperson Cindy Duvall says Mississippi Power volunteers from North Mississippi will now head to Pensacola finding back roads to get there.

Copyright 2014 WLOX. All rights reserved.

  • Most Popular StoriesMost Popular StoriesMore>>

  • Two teens charged with Gulfport man's murder

    Two teens charged with Gulfport man's murder

    Tuesday, July 29 2014 3:00 PM EDT2014-07-29 19:00:30 GMT
    Two Gulfport teens are charged with murder after police say they shot Lamont Hayes in his home last week and left him to die.More >>
    Two Gulfport teens are charged with murder after police say they shot Lamont Hayes in his home last week and left him to die. Monday night, investigators tracked down Jalen Shaquille Williams, 19, and arrested him at his home. Rashad Rejohn Johnson, 17, was arrested Monday at the Harrison County Juvenile Detention Facility, where he was being held on an unrelated charge.More >>
  • SRHS to Close Two More Clinics

    SRHS to Close Two More Clinics

    Tuesday, July 29 2014 10:50 AM EDT2014-07-29 14:50:29 GMT
    Singing River Health System has announced the closure of two more primary care clinics as part of a realignment program. The Gautier and D'Iberville facilities will close August 29.
    More >>
    Singing River Health System has announced the closure of two more primary care clinics as part of a realignment program. According to SRHS officials, the Gautier and D'Iberville facilities will close August 29.More >>
  • Coroner: Gulfport murder victim was shot in the groin

    Coroner: Gulfport murder victim was shot in the groin

    Thursday, July 24 2014 6:54 AM EDT2014-07-24 10:54:09 GMT
    According to Harrison County Coroner Gary Hargrove, Lamont Hayes, 41, was shot in the groin area and bled to death just a few hours later Tuesday night.More >>
    An area of Gulfport still reeling from the brutal murder of a child last week was hit with another violent death Tuesday night. According to Harrison County Coroner Gary Hargrove, Lamont Hayes, 41, was shot in the groin area and bled to death just a few hours later.More >>
Powered by WorldNow

208 DeBuys Road
Biloxi, MS 39531
(228) 896-1313

FCC Public File
EEO Report
Closed Captioning

All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Worldnow and WLOX. All Rights Reserved.
For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service.