More Than 300 Consumers Energy And Contract Personnel Head East To Assist In
Hurricane Sandy Storm Restoration
JACKSON, Mich., Oct. 31, 2012
JACKSON, Mich., Oct. 31, 2012 /PRNewswire/ --Consumers Energy and its
contractors are responding to calls for post-Hurricane Sandy power restoration
assistance by sending more than 300 workers to numerous locations in the
destructive storm's path, from metro Detroit to the East Coast.
Early Thursday morning, 30 employees from across Consumers Energy's service
territory will leave Dundee, Mich. for Cleveland to assist First Energy with
wide scale power restoration efforts. (News Editors: Please see details of
Thursday morning's departure, below.)
The Consumers Energy employees headed to Ohio include 10 line worker crews,
support personnel, specialized equipment and supervisors. They will remain in
the Cleveland area for approximately 10 days. According to published reports,
as of Wednesday morning, First Energy had approximately 200,000 customers
without power in the Cleveland area because of winds from Hurricane Sandy.
In addition to the employees heading to Ohio, Consumers Energy sent a
similar-sized group to DTE Energy's Detroit Edison service territory in
southeast Michigan Wednesday to assist with power restoration efforts. The
crews will remain in the Detroit area for several days.
Wednesday's crew movements were the latest decision Consumers Energy has made
this week to provide assistance related to Hurricane Sandy.
Sunday, Consumers Energy sent 14 engineering support personnel to assist First
Energy's Potomac Edison Company in the Hagerstown, Md. area with electric
equipment damage assessments. In addition, the utility released 160 contract
workers specializing in electric distribution line repair and tree and debris
removal to assist First Energy and National Grid utilities.
Wednesday, the company released 30 additional contract crews, totaling another
90 workers, to head east to assist in Hurricane Sandy restoration efforts.
"Hurricane Sandy's immense size and strength disrupted electric service to
more than 8.6 million people from west Michigan to the Atlantic coast," said
Garrick Rochow, Consumers Energy vice president of energy delivery. "We are
glad to be able to help our fellow utilities in this massive undertaking to
safely restore power."
Rochow said the decision to send company crews to assist elsewhere came only
after Consumers Energy completed restoration efforts to the more than 37,000
customers who lost power Monday and Tuesday across Michigan because of high
winds from the storm's western edge, which stretched hundreds of miles wide.
"Our customers here in Michigan are our highest priority, and I am proud of
the work our men and women did this week to get power restored safely and
quickly," Rochow said. "Since we knew the storm was coming, we had crews on
duty around the clock Monday and Tuesday. That rapid response now is allowing
us to help elsewhere."
"While we are reaching out to assist those most affected by Hurricane Sandy,
our customers can rest assured we have adequate staffing here in Michigan to
address any issues," Rochow said.
Consumers Energy, the principal subsidiary of CMS Energy (NYSE: CMS), provides
natural gas and electricity to 6.8 million of Michigan's 10 million residents
in all 68 Lower Peninsula counties.
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