MGE Crews Honored For Superstorm Sandy Work
MGE workers who helped restore electricity and natural gas on the Eastern Seaboard were honored at Wisconsin's Utility Worker Appreciation Day on Dec. 14. Utility workers across Wisconsin received thanks for helping restore power after Superstorm Sandy devastated the East Coast. MGE sent 14 workers to two different states.
In late October, MGE sent six line technicians and one supervisor to Stamford, Conn., to help recovery efforts with Connecticut Light and Power. Our crews restored electric service, repaired downed wires, grounded and cut conductors and cut and cleared debris to open roads.
On Nov. 5, MGE gas crews went to Long Island, N.Y., to help with natural gas-related repairs. This was the first time in MGE's history that we provided natural gas assistance of this type. These crews worked with National Grid.
The six crew members and supervisor replaced gas equipment outside homes and businesses, performed leak-detection surveys and inspected appliances to make sure they were safe to use. Restoring natural gas service quickly for heating became even more critical when temperatures dropped and a huge snowstorm hit the area immediately after the storm.
Both electric and gas crews headed east as part of a mutual assistance program with fellow utilities. The host utilities pay all expenses, including labor, of the responding mutual aid utilities. The electric crews were gone for 12 days, while the gas crews were gone for more than two weeks.
Sandy was one of the most powerful storms ever to hit the United States. The Department of Energy reported that at its peak, Sandy knocked out power to more than 8 million customers on the East Coast.This was MGE's second trip to the northeast in about a year. Last year, MGE sent electric crews to New Haven, Conn., to help with restoration after Hurricane Irene.