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Nov. 29, 2018
For Release: Immediately
Central Hudson Offers Mutual Aid, Restores Utility Service in Vermont, Massachusetts

Repair crews from Central Hudson Gas & Electric Corporation are providing mutual aid in Vermont and Massachusetts to assist utilities there in recovering from emergencies and restoring utility service to businesses and residents.

“Just as we rely on mutual aid when emergencies strike our region, we reciprocate when called upon by other utility companies as long as the needs of our own service area are secure,” said Paul E. Haering, Senior Vice President of Engineering and Operations. “This mutual cooperation allows our industry to best serve customers during emergencies in order to restore critical energy services as soon as possible.”

A contingent of nearly 30 Central Hudson electric line crews and support staff is assisting in the restoration of electric service in the area served by Green Mountain Power in Vermont. A storm bringing up to a foot or more of heavy, wet snow has covered a wide area of the state. The line trucks carrying the crews required tire chains to negotiate the heavy snow, and all arrived safely on Tuesday night in the Rutland area. They are expected to work through the end of the week, addressing 33,000 power outages caused by the storm in that region of the state.

Central Hudson employees are also providing assistance in the western suburbs of Boston by helping to restore natural gas service to communities affected by an emergency that caused service interruptions to more than 8,000 homes and businesses. Central Hudson crews are installing replacement gas appliances and heating systems in affected homes and buildings and performing safety tests of the buildings’ internal gas piping. In all, about 25 employees in rotating teams of 5 to 7 at a time have been working in these communities during the last eight weeks.

“We’re proud of our employees’ willingness to leave their homes and families to travel to other states in support the efforts there to restore energy services in those communities,” said Haering. “We’re equally grateful to receive mutual aid from companies outside of our area when needed here. It’s an effective system that benefits our customers.”

For more information about preparing for storms and keeping families safe during severe weather and emergencies, go to www.CentralHudson.com/Storms.

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Above and left: Central Hudson crews restore electric service in the wake of a damaging snowstorm in Vermont this week as part of a mutual aid request. Utilities come to the aid of one another under a system that shares resources during emergencies. 

 

 

Central Hudson employees are also providing assistance in the western suburbs of Boston by helping to restore natural gas service to communities affected by an emergency that caused service interruptions to more than 8,000 homes and businesses.