Mayor Kelly Yaede: National Linemen Appreciation Day is Time to Honor
Utility Workers Who Respond Following Nor’easters, Hurricanes and Severe
Nor’easters, hurricanes and other
severe weather events.
They bring high winds, torrential
downpours and often, downed power lines.
And when that occurs, it is the
efforts of linemen that respond to help protect public safety and restore
That is why for National Lineman
Appreciation Day, Hamilton Township Mayor Kelly Yaede wants to acknowledge the
utility workers who brave the elements and make sacrifices to help restore
electrical service following severe weather events.
“As Mayor, public safety is a priority; and following severe
storms, our local emergency and first responders work alongside dedicated
utility workers from Public Service Electric and Gas to help keep our families
safe and to assist in restoring electrical service as quickly as possible. The consecutive nor’easters we experienced
this March are a prime example of events that required their service,” explains
Mayor Yaede. “Often the service of these
dedicated men and women is underappreciated, but today is a time that we honor
and recognize their contributions to public safety and a reliable energy
Public Service Electric and Gas (PSE&G) – the utility
servicing Hamilton Township and most of Mercer County -- responded to the 204,000 customers who lost
power due to the March 2, 2018, nor’easter by restoring power to 99 percent of those
affected within two and a half days. However, just days later, crews face the
daunting task of restoring power to over
337,000 customers following the March 7, 2018, nor’easter. PSE&G crews worked 16-hour days during
this period of consecutive storms.
Nationally, 115,000 electrical linemen are employed to
respond to issues that impact the 9 million miles of wire that provide electricity
across the United States. To provide
service to our nation’s estimated 155 million electrical customers requires 170
million wood poles and 2.7 million transmission towers. For more information about the service of
electrical linemen, visit: linemanappreciationday.com