Chad Hollings and Michael Barry, employees of Florida Power and Light, arrive at the Ellenton Ice Complex as about 10 trucks and 20 restoration workers gather to form a convoy to head to Maryland, Baltimore and Virginia to help restore power to areas impacted by Hurricane Sandy. According to FPL, they are sending more than 560 employees to help. Though they are planning to be gone for 10-14 days, FPL spokesman Dave McDermitt said they'll be gone "as long as it takes."
TIFFANY TOMPKINS-CONDIE/Bradenton Herald
MANATEE -- About 20 Florida Power and Light workers departed Manatee County for the northeast United States on Monday morning to help restore power in areas hit by Hurricane Sandy.
The workers and 10 trucks from Sarasota gathered in the parking lot of the Ellenton Ice & Sports Complex about 7:30 a.m. before departing.
In all, FPL is deploying more than 560 employees and contractor restoration workers to Maryland, Virginia, and Washington, D.C., to assist with restoration efforts, according to the company.