Baltimore Gas and Electric Company (BGE), a subsidiary of Constellation Energy, today announced that more than 60 employees deployed to South Florida last week to assist with electric service restoration in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina are being redirected to Baton Rouge, Louisiana to provide assistance to Entergy Louisiana. They will depart the Miami/Ft. Lauderdale area early Friday morning and are expected to arrive in Baton Rouge on Saturday evening or Sunday morning. To date, BGE has deployed nearly 350 employees and contractors to the affected region.
"BGE is well aware of the challenges associated with rebuilding electric systems and restoring service to customers following a natural disaster like Hurricane Katrina," said Mark P. Huston, vice president of electric transmission and distribution for BGE. "We are fortunate that the storm did not severely impact BGE's Central Maryland service territory and are more than willing to provide assistance wherever and whenever we can. With South Florida slowly getting back on its feet, it's time our employees moved on to the areas that need them most."
Since Hurricane Katrina made landfall, BGE and its contractors have provided assistance to Florida, Mississippi and Louisiana, helping to restore service to hundreds of thousands of customers of Florida Power and Light Company, Mississippi Power Company, Cleco Power and subsidiaries of Entergy Corporation.
While BGE continues to provide assistance to other utilities in their time of need, it remains prepared to address service interruptions should they occur in its Central Maryland service territory.