CenterPoint crews, Houston Red Cross volunteers head to Louisiana

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by KHOU.com staff

KMOV.com

Posted on August 29, 2012 at 6:15 PM

Updated Thursday, Aug 30 at 3:59 PM

HOUSTON—Eighty trucks, 60 linemen and 18 support personnel from CenterPoint Energy will be working 16-hour days to help those affected by Hurricane Isaac.

They are willing to stay as long as needed and are prepared for the tough days ahead.
“Once you once you’re away from home for several days, you start getting emotional about being back home,” said Ron Dugger, CenterPoint Energy.
And crews are ready to deal with the frustrated people without power. After all, they understand.
“Sleeping in a room with guys you’re not used to, long hot days, people get frustrated,” another crew member said.
There is more help on the way. One hundred Red Cross volunteers from around the country slept on cots and air mattresses at Memorial Drive Presbyterian Church in Bunker Hill Village to get ready to head out. Some even slept on the floor, in rooms and in the auditorium, but they did not mind.
“As long as I can make a difference in someone’s life, it’s hard for Red Cross to get nurses that will come out,” said Paula Boxley, volunteer nurse. 
Boxley said once she arrives, she will set up an operation to help as many people as she can.

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