In the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, one Vectren, Evansville, Ind., crew and several field investigators were deployed to Flushing, N.Y. after receiving the call from Con Edison. Four employees, one supervisor and a safety specialist will assist with power restoration in the Northeast area. The field investigators, such as electric engineers and electric operations supervisors, will assist with logistical and planning needs in the restoration efforts.
The team joins nearly 50 of Vectren’s contractor line specialists and another 20 tree trimming crews that were released last week prior to the storm’s arrival. Another seven contractor line specialists have been released this week as well. Finally, Vectren will likely send natural gas crews to help with system infrastructure that must be repaired due to flood waters.
The Vectren employees assisting with electric restoration will work 16-hour shifts for the next seven to 10 days at which time Vectren will, if requested, send an additional crew(s) to dispel these employees and continue restoration efforts in the region. Con Edison will continue to evaluate progress to see if more assistance is needed. As of Thursday morning, Con Edison had nearly 650,000 customers without power with a peak of nearly 900,000 immediately following the devastating storm.