SRP crews head to California to help restore power from severe storms

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(Source: 3TV/CBS 5) (Source: 3TV/CBS 5)
TEMPE, AZ (3TV/CBS 5) -

Six four-man Salt River Project (SRP) line crews and a support staff left for California Monday morning to help assist local utility in repairing damage from storms and flooding in Bakersfield, California.

Approximately 30 SRP employees will travel to Bakersfield with line trucks, hole diggers and wire-pulling equipment to assist Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E) in repairing distribution power lines to help restore power to the area.

A series of severe winter storms along the northern coast of California have caused power outages, which have affected more than 1 million customers over the past two weeks. Fallen trees and flooded roads still envelop a large chunk of northern California, making it more difficult for crews to fix the power lines. 

Bret Marchese, manager of distribution line maintenance for SRP, said about 6,500 people are out of power in Bakersfield alone, and that SRP crews are being summoned to the southern-most part of PG&E's district so that PG&E can move their crews north to provide more assistance there. 

[RELATED: Southern California pounded by intense storm and flooding]

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