Hurricane Irma

Hurricane Irma

Hurricane Irma

Type: Emergency Restoration
Scope: Over 300 Linemen 
Location: Various parts of Florida

As Irby Crews were wrapping up work in Texas following Hurricane Harvey, Hurricane Irma made landfall as the first Category 5 hurricane of the 2017 Atlantic hurricane season. On September 10 Irma’s winds reached 185 mph in Cuba. It was the most intense Atlantic hurricane to strike the United States since Katrina in 2005.

Less than one month after Harvey, but after that same amount of time on the job restoring power, Irby crews packed their bags and headed for Florida rather than going home.

“We had several crews working on a lot of different types of jobs before Hurricane Irma hit, but once we knew that she would hit Florida, they all sprang into action,” Brent Croft, General Superintendent said. “We had crews down in Southern Florida before the hurricane even made landfall so that they could be ready to work immediately after it passed over them.”

More than 300 Irby men performed work during the 2017 hurricane season. Many of those men worked both Hurricane Harvey and Hurricane Irma back to back. In total, Irby teams logged 114,000 restoration man-hours this hurricane season alongside many fellow Quanta companies.

Hurricane Harvey and Irma caused mass destruction to numerous regions in and surrounding the U.S. According to estimates from Moody’s Analytics, damage and lost productivity cost as much as $200 billion.

Start Date: September 2017
Completion Date: September 2017

Hurricane Harvey

Hurricane Harvey

Hurricane Harvey

Type: Emergency Restoration
Scope: 114,000 restoration hours
Location: Various parts of Texas and Louisiana

On August 25, 2017, Hurricane Harvey made landfall near Rockport, Texas as a Category 4 hurricane. Harvey was the first major hurricane of the 2017 Atlantic hurricane season. It was devastating. Winds as strong as 130 mph left extensive damage to power infrastructure in their wake along the Gulf Coast from Rockport to Southeast Texas and into Louisiana.

Irby Construction crews were prepared before the storm hit. As Harvey made landfall, caravans of bucket trucks drove toward Texas, so the power restoration process could begin as soon as rain and winds subsided.

“Emergency restoration is both the most grueling and the most gratifying work Irby linemen address,” said Chris Swindoll, Superintendent. “Restoring power is often restoring some sense of normalcy for communities hit by these storms. It’s a process we’re proud to be a part of.”

More than 300 Irby men performed work during the 2017 hurricane season. Many of those men worked both Hurricane Harvey and Hurricane Irma, a storm that followed just days later, back to back. In total, Irby teams logged 114,000 restoration man-hours alongside many fellow Quanta companies.

Hurricane Harvey and Irma caused mass destruction to numerous regions in and surrounding the U.S. According to estimates from Moody’s Analytics, damage and lost productivity cost as much as $200 billion.

Start Date: August 2017
Completion Date: October 2017