Saturday, September 03, 2011
On a follow up to my previous post you'll be glad to know that 84% of Ridgefield, CT now has power. By Monday 99% should have their power restored. Those of us who have been through hurricanes before would probably say they're very fortunate. I hope they remember to thank the kind people that came to their assistance.
I found something written by a lineman for Center Point Energy in Houston who worked at restoring power for people after Hurricane Ike in 2008. It was very interesting to read how things were from his perspective. For three weeks he worked from 5:30 AM until 9:30 PM every single day. After that he worked 12 hour days for two weeks. He said he was just as anxious as every one else to have all the power restored so he could go back to normal working hours.
He did have to deal with one angry man and some fool that called the electric company and said a child had touched a live wire only to find that it was a ruse to get a crew there. He also spoke of how much it meant to him when a group of people showed their appreciation and an elderly lady gave him a hug.
You can read his account of events here. It's a very interesting and informative read.
We sure take electricity for granted until it's gone. I think the people that work long, hard hours after hurricanes and other natural disasters deserve our thanks and appreciation.
Thoughtfully composed by Betty at 4:24 PM