Hurricane Sandy caused terrible damage, but as always in New York, the tragedy brings the best out in people of good will. It was heartening to see all the different power company logos from around the country at the Con Ed staging area in Union Square park.
I spoke to an electrical repair man from Georgia, who had driven 18 hours to help in the repair effort. He told me that he had a lot of experience with underground power lines, which, he noted, were not the easiest to repair after being submerged under sea water. “Salt water and copper wire are not a happy combination,” he said with a Southern lilt. In Atlanta they have the same system, but the wires are more protected than in NYC. He was anxious to get underground and start working.
We in New York owe a great deal to this “liberation army” of power experts from Georgia, Ohio, Kansas, and elsewhere. And to the National Guard who distributed water to the 200,000 plus in lower Manhattan.
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