Basin Electric members recall East Coast recovery assistance

Lineworkers from Dakota Energy and Sioux Valley Energy helped restore power to victims of Superstorm Sandy along the East Coast.

Lineworkers from Dakota Energy and Sioux Valley Energy helped restore power to victims of Superstorm Sandy along the East Coast.

Basin Electric and its members walk the talk when it comes to the cooperative philosophy of community service, and helping others who are in need.

Lineworkers from Sioux Valley Energy in Colman, SD, and Dakota Energy Cooperative in Huron, SD, traveled more than 1,500 miles to the East Coast Nov. 2, 2012, to help restore power to customers experiencing outages caused by Superstorm Sandy. Sioux Valley and Dakota Energy are both Class C members of Basin Electric.

A story in the January-February 2013 issue of Basin Today magazine, “Angels in Green,” details their experience.

An excerpt:

In a thank-you note sent to Dakota Energy, the Bazzicalupos recalled a conversation with lineworkers from Dakota Energy and Sioux Valley: “They all laughed when I said that it was the first time I had ever seen angels dressed in fluorescent green! We just wanted you to know that we found your employees to be ultra polite and caring men, as well as great workers. You should be very proud of them, indeed!”

The South Dakota lineworkers assisted with repairs in residential areas served by Long Island Power Authority and were among more than 11,000 electric utility workers who descended on the New York/New Jersey area to help restore power. While in New York, the men stayed in a man camp provided by FEMA after working 16-hour days, seven days a week repairing power lines.

The bucket trucks they usually used didn’t fit into many backyard areas, so they did a lot of climbing. Also, digger trucks were not allowed on Long Island, so all poles that needed to be set had to be dug by hand. The South Dakota lineworkers returned home on Nov. 16. Read more.

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