TORONTO, Nov. 28, 2012 /CNW/ - The Toronto Hydro employees who assisted with
Hurricane Sandy power restoration efforts in the eastern United States were
honoured today by Toronto City Council for their outstanding service.
Councillor Josh Colle recognized these employees, some of who were present at
City Hall early this morning.
Following the completion of storm restoration efforts in Toronto, where crews
restored power to 99 per cent of affected Toronto Hydro customers within 48
hours, approximately 65 Toronto Hydro employees headed south to New York and
Massachusetts to join hydro crews in relief efforts. The team of overhead
power line and underground distribution network trades people, and supervisors
left Toronto early November 7.
Some Toronto Hydro employees assisted the local utility, Consolidated Edison
(Con Ed) in repairing underground systems in New York City, while others
supported National Grid in repairing predominately overhead systems in New
Jersey or Massachusetts.
During the 12 days they were away from home, Toronto Hydro crews helped
restore power to thousands of people. They worked long hours in very difficult
conditions, often sleeping in their trucks and were able to make it home to
their families with no workplace injuries. Crews returned to Toronto the week
of November 19.
Toronto Hydro crews have received much recognition from customers in the
north-eastern United States through social media and email.
"We are proud of all our employees who worked long and hard to restore power
here in Toronto, as well as those who volunteered to help in the U.S," says
Ben LaPianta, Vice-President Distribution Grid Operations. "Toronto Hydro has
some of the best trained and highly equipped crews and this was apparent in
our relief efforts both here at home and in the U.S."
Tanya Bruckmueller, Toronto Hydro W: 416-542-2621 C: 416-903-0440
Image with caption: "At City Hall this morning, Toronto Hydro employees
received a standing ovation for their Hurricane Sandy restoration efforts
first in Toronto, and then 12 days in New York and New Jersey. Employees left
on November 7 and the last of the crews returned on November 19. (CNW
Group/Toronto Hydro Corporation)". Image available at:
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