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New Richmond Lineman Home from Helping with Hurricane Sandy

New Richmond linemen, Kevin Blader and Dean Anderson, have returned from Long Island, NY, where they had been assisting with repair work from Hurricane Sandy. Kevin and Dean left Wisconsin on November 3rd and returned on November 14th. They were deployed with another group of mutual aid workers on Long Island working 10-12 hours per day. They spent much of their time working in the interior of the Island repairing downed lines due to wind damage from the storm. Their crew would follow the tree trimming crew and repair the lines as trees and limbs were cleared. As they worked to repair lines, residents came out to thank the crews. Many had been without power for almost two weeks and these were the first crews they had seen.

The first few nights were a little rough, they ended up sleeping in their truck, but then they were assigned to some empty office space where they had cots to sleep on. Kevin stated that was much better than the tents that some of the crews had been assigned to for sleeping. Although the working conditions were difficult, Kevin and Dean said it was a great experience and were glad they could help out in such a huge way.

We greatly appreciate the time and effort given by Kevin, Dean and their families during this mutual aid effort. Thank you.

We also received this email:

"I would like to take this time to thank Dean Anderson and Kevin Blader for coming to New York to help restore power. It is greatly appreciated. I'm sure it was hard work. Thanks again to Dean and Kevin and their families and the rest of New Richmond Utilities. Happy Thanksgiving and be safe.

-- Mark Cockren, White Plains, NY"

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