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As Hurricane Isaias made its way from the Caribbean up the East Coast, wind speeds exceeded 70-80 mph. On Tuesday afternoon, it quickly became the most destructive natural disaster in the tri-state area since Superstorm Sandy, knocking down trees and power lines everywhere. More than 2.5 million people were stranded without electricity.
Enter the union workers employed by electrical contractors and utility providers in New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut. Over half of the outages were restored within 24 hours.
Local Union No. 3, IBEW responded in all parts of the city. Pictured here (top) are members of the Outside Line and “J” Divisions and Welsbach Electric in the Bronx and Westchester County. Fallen trees and branches littered the streets and courtyards around Electchester, Local 3’s housing complex in Flushing, Queens. Removal took place over the 48 hours following the storm. Local 3 linemen and electricians are still working day and night.
UWUA Local 1-2 (Con Edison and Tree Trimmers), and CWA have also been working around the clock to reconnect residents to the grid. Pictured at the bottom, a UWUA Local 1-2 crew deals with a massive downed tree affecting power lines on a residential block.
With a pandemic and summer temperatures, this was the last thing people needed right now, but workers will power us through!