Toronto Hydro Crews Recognized for Restoration Efforts in U.S

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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