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Four Linemen from the Coldwater Board of Public Utilities Electric Department have returned from New York. Journeyman Linemen Steve Barone and Jory Watson, and Apprentice Linemen Kent Brecheisen and Jarret Wolford all volunteered to head north after receiving the call from American Municipal Power (AMP) Mutual Aid to assist with the inevitable power loss from Winter Storm Quinn.
The four CBPU employees departed early Thursday morning, March 8th, 2018. They took two utility vehicles, a digger derrick truck to dig holes, place poles, and hoist transformers, and an aerial truck which allowed the team to work aloft. After a twelve and half hour drive they arrived in Rye, New York, received their assignment, and got to work. This isn’t the first time CBPU members have volunteered their efforts to assist those suffering from natural disaster. This past September, six CBPU members ventured south to assist with power outages caused by Hurricane Irma. Among those six members were Steve Barone, Jory Watson, and Jarret Wolford.
The crews worked sixteen-hour work days in the ice, snow, and wind, surrounded by downed trees, wires, and power poles. It is estimated that more than 775,000 residents were left without power across New York, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania as Winter Storm Quinn finally resided. The four CBPU members returned March 16th along with members from other Public Power Utilities.
CBPU Director, Jeff Budd, stated “We are incredibly thankful for our employees volunteering to help those affected by Winter Storm Quinn. Not only are we able to help restore power to other public power communities, it is a great opportunity for the linemen to see other systems and techniques.”
The CPBU is a proud partner of AMP’s Mutual Aid program. AMP is the nonprofit wholesale power supplier & services provider to 135 members in 9 states, who serve more than 650,000 customers.