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.
Sandy Day One: Con Ed ready for deployment
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.
From Rochester, New York
Pepco from Virginia
KCP&L from Kansas City, Missouri
George Power from Atlanta
AEP Ohio from Canton, Ohio
AEP Indiana Michigan Power from South Bend, Indiana
Duke Energy from North Carolina
Duquesne Light from Southwestern Pennsylvania
Staging area for NYC National Guard water distribution
Tree at Gramercy Park
Gramercy Park takes a hit, though not as bad as New Jersey and Long Island
Downed tree on University Place, and a lucky bike
Cutting the felled trees in Union Square park
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