Des Moines, Iowa — MidAmerican Energy Company employees, including three from the Sheldon area who were deployed to the eastern U.S. to assist with utility damage and power outages caused by Hurricane Sandy recently returned home. As many as 8.5 million homes and businesses lost power when the storm made landfall Oct. 29.
MidAmerican Energy crews provided restoration assistance to Central Hudson Gas and Electric and New York State Electric and Gas in New York for about two weeks. A little more than one week into the trip, crews experienced more outages when the areas affected by Hurricane Sandy were impacted by a nor’easter that included rain, snow and winds of up to 55 mph.
Bill Fehrman, president and CEO, MidAmerican Energy says that the hard work and commitment of their employees to restore power and help these communities in their efforts to return to normal have been greatly appreciated. He says that MidAmerican Energy is pleased to be able to help during this time of need, and the company thanks all employees who supported these efforts.
MidAmerican Energy Spokesperson Tina Potthoff tells us about the northwest Iowa employees who helped.
Oldenkamp is an electric crew leader, Blain is a journeyman lineman, and Acres is a lineman apprentice. All are from Sheldon. Another jouneyman lineman from near our area also helped out — Troy Hummel from Cherokee.
Utility crews from across the U.S. were called to assist utilities in areas impacted by the storm, including New Jersey, New York, Connecticut and 12 other eastern states.
In addition to the 29 MidAmerican Energy employees, MidAmerican Energy released more than 200 contract lineworkers and tree crew members to provide assistance to utility companies in the East.