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4/18/2018 - Mayor Kelly Yaede: National Linemen Appreciation Day is Time to Honor Utility Workers Who Respond Following Nor’easters, Hurricanes and Severe Weather

Mayor Kelly Yaede: National Linemen Appreciation Day is Time to Honor Utility Workers Who Respond Following Nor’easters, Hurricanes and Severe Weather

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 power.

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 system.”

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