Burlington Hydro and Oakville Hydro Sent 17 Workers in Convey to Help in Relief Efforts
November 5th, 2012, Burlington Hydro responded to a request from the Long Island Power Authority in New York to assist in power restoration efforts as a result of the damage caused by Hurricane Sandy. Nine Burlington Hydro workers, including a safety supervisor, joined eight of their counter-parts from Oakville Hydro in a convoy to New York City.
“We’re very proud to be able to lend a helping hand to our American neighbours,” commented Gerry Smallegange, President and CEO, Burlington Hydro Electric Inc. “Not only did we bring some relief to power workers who worked around the clock in the disaster zone, we also also played a part in bringing power back on line for the nearly 730,000 New Yorkers.”
They joined hydro crews from across southern Ontario, including among others, Halton Hills, Milton, Guelph, Waterloo North, Cambridge North Dumfries, Centre Wellington, Hamilton (Horizon), Kitchener-Wilmot and Kingston. The request was coordinated through the Electricity Distributors Association. They joined approximately 150 Hydro One workers in the response.
“The terrible devastation that Hurricane Sandy has left behind in New York and New Jersey has shocked us all,” said Burlington Mayor Rick Goldring. “Restoring power to those areas hit hardest by the storm is an ongoing priority and our dedicated Burlington Hydro crew, along with other Ontario utility workers, provided assistance where needed. We’re very proud of their efforts.”
Burlington Hydro operations manager Brad Cumming, reported that the crew was prepared and ready for the challenges they encountered in the devastated region. They were in direct communication with other utilities and coordinated their efforts to bring relief as quickly as possible to those in need.