AJAX, ON, Nov. 16, 2012 /CNW/ - The crew dispatched to Long Island, N.Y.
to assist in the power restoration efforts in the wake of Hurricane
Sandy returned home earlier today. The eight linepersons departed for
the U.S. on November 3, joining approximately 400 electricity
distribution workers from 25 Ontario utilities to restore power to
communities devastated by Sandy.
Veridian's crew assisted Long Island Power Authority (LIPA) and National
Grid to help restore service to their 370,000-plus customers who lost
power when Hurricane Sandy ripped through much of the northeast coast
of the U.S., leaving severe damage in New York, New Jersey and
Connecticut. Sandy and the Nor'easter storm that followed required the
largest restoration effort in LIPA's history.
"On behalf of Veridian's Board of Directors, I would like to applaud and
thank the crew who went above and beyond the call of duty to help turn
the lights back on for thousands of families," said Chair Doug
Dickerson. "These individuals sacrificed time away from family and
friends; slept in their utility vehicles and on cots in a local church;
and worked long hours in unfamiliar territory, hazardous conditions and
extreme weather. The Veridian family has some very special people."
Veridian's President and CEO Michael Angemeer praised the crew for their
efforts, saying "I'm extremely proud of these individuals who came
together - without hesitation - in a time of need to assist our
neighbours to the south. I personally received messages of appreciation
from families, expressing their gratitude for the crew of extremely
compassionate, polite and talented men who restored power in storm
ravaged areas. There was one particular message from a parent of two
special needs children and an infant that spoke volumes on the
difference our crew made on Long Island."
Peter Petriw, Veridian's Vice President of Engineering, recognized staff
who here at home continued to provide the usual level of system
reliability for customers. "While providing support to those in the
storm stricken areas in the northeast U.S., we did not jeopardize local
service in the process and for this the staff that stayed behind needs
to be recognized as well."
According to LIPA, they have completed restoration for those customers
who can safely receive power; however, there are still customers who
remain unable to safely receive power in the flood-damaged areas along
the south shore of Long Island and Rockaway Peninsula.
U.S. officials reported that at its peak, Hurricane Sandy knocked out
power to 9.6 million customers in the northeastern U.S.
Veridian's restoration crew: Joe Lonsberry, Field Supervisor, Belleville; Rob Kocot, Lead Lineperson, Ajax; Mike Atkinson, Lineperson, Ajax; Brian Gardiner, Lineperson, Ajax; Barry Padgett, Lineperson, Ajax; Chris Peroff, Lineperson, Ajax; Vern Runnalls, Lineperson, Belleville; and Frank Luscher, Lineperson, Clarington.
Attention reporters: Interviews and photo opportunities with the crew can be arranged by
contacting Chris Mace at 905-427-9870, extension 2218 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Veridian Connections Inc. safely and reliably delivers electricity to
more than 115,000 customers in the Cities of Pickering and Belleville,
the Towns of Ajax, Port Hope and Gravenhurst, and the communities of
Uxbridge, Bowmanville, Newcastle, Orono, Port Perry, Beaverton,
Sunderland and Cannington. Veridian Connections Inc. is a wholly owned
subsidiary of Veridian Corporation. The City of Pickering, the Town of
Ajax, the Municipality of Clarington and the City of Belleville jointly
own Veridian Corporation.
For further information:
Sales & PR Representative - Corporate Communications
Veridian Connections Inc.
905-427-9870, extension 2218