Columbia Linemen Restoring Power in New Jersey

3 years ago November 08, 2012 Nov 8, 2012 Thursday, November 08 2012 Thursday, November 08, 2012 11:32:39 AM CST in News
By: Cody Lee Heyveld

COLUMBIA - After battling rain and wind to reconnect Cleveland residents' electric service, local linemen moved to snowy conditions in New Jersey.

The 12 Columbia Water & Light linemen that volunteered to rebuild electric systems after superstorm Sandy moved to Pennsylvania on Tuesday so they could work in the New Jersey area.

The crews faced 10 inches of snow yesterday in West Milford while they were replacing broken poles and power lines. The linemen reported that an additional 80,000 customers in the region lost power after the storm Wednesday, and they might be working in the area for another three weeks.

The Missouri Public Utility Alliance in Columbia coordinated the assistance project through a mutual aid program to help utilities during wide-spread outages.

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