BELLEVUE, WA.– Two dozen Puget Sound Energy natural gas employees today headed to New York to help restore heat for customers on Long Island, where overnight temperatures this week are expected to dip into the 20s.
PSE employees will work with National Grid to replace natural gas meter sets damaged nearly five weeks ago by Superstorm Sandy; they will also inspect and relight equipment and appliances inside homes and businesses.
PSE’s team of 21 technicians and three supervisors will work for 2½ weeks and return home the weekend before Christmas. They will join natural gas crews from other utilities around the country.
PSE received the mutual aid request from the Northeast Gas Association to help restore natural gas service for the storm-damaged communities on Long Island.
“Every member of our PSE team is sacrificing more than two weeks with their families to get the heat back on in time for the holidays for so many people who were affected by the devastation of Sandy,” said Sue McLain, PSE senior vice president of delivery operations. “When a disaster like Superstorm Sandy strikes, utilities help out each other to restore service to their customers. Our hearts go out to everyone affected by the storm.”
PSE sent the employee team to New York after evaluating and confirming that it has an adequate number of responders and customer service technicians to respond to routine natural gas-service calls and emergency situations in Snohomish, King, Pierce, Thurston, Lewis and Kittitas counties.