Rhode Island Power Crews Prepare For Storm In Providence

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WBZ NewsRadio) — Utility crews from out of state have arrived in Rhode Island and Massachusetts to assist National Grid with power restoration once Isaias hits.

270 service-electric company crews drove 18 hours to get to Rhode Island and are currently staged at the parking lot of the Providence Marriott, ready to go at a moment's notice.

"We have crews from here, from all over Tennessee, East, Middle and West Tennessee," Service Electric Co. General Foreman John Rouse said.

According to Rouse, they will be helping National Grid respond to power outages.

"We'll do anything necessary, including getting the lines back out," Rouse said.

Long hours, difficult weather, and being away from family are some of the hardships of the job, according to Rouse.

WBZ NewsRadio's Kim Tunnicliffe (@KimWBZ) reports

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