Hurricane Sandy Emergency Power Restoration
Riggs Distler issued an all-hands call-out for this storm. Approximately 400 full-time employees across all operations came from as far south as Virginia, as far north as Maine, and from every state in between. With the large amount of manpower responding, safety coverage became extremely important. As a result, Riggs Distler deployed a safety presence of approximately 1 per 20 full-time employees, which included Safety Coordinators, Project Managers, Assistant Project Managers, and Field Superintendents.
Our restoration teams repaired transmission and distribution circuits ranging in voltage from 4 to 230kV. Focusing first on repairing the high-voltage transmission circuits that supply power to distribution networks, Riggs Distler’s staff then moved to fixing main line distribution feeds in order to restore connections to critical buildings, such as hospitals and police stations, and residential customers. Finally, we set about repairing the slow process of restoring spur lines to neighborhoods and local municipalities.
Working in concert with other utilities and lineworkers, Riggs Distler was able to restore power to our clients’ networks and customers affected by the storm. Our ability to plan effectively, work safely, and stay organized during a state of emergency allowed us to serve both our clients and the state by restoring power to the citizens of New Jersey after one of the most violent and destructive storms on record.