Work Behind the Scenes to Ensure Restoration Continued
While utility crews, electrical workers, contractors, and Wesco team members worked on rebuilding and supply delivery, another group of Wesco employees ensured that everyone was staying healthy and fed.
Wesco managers from operations, sales, and projects supplied meals and refreshments for the employees, subcontractors, and customer personnel working in the laydown yards. Every day, these roving patrols would make their way to one of the main camps the utility customer had established. These camps included mess halls for meal preparation. Managers also packaged and delivered meals to the field when needed.
With the area experiencing suffocating temperatures and heat index values reaching 110° days after the storm, working conditions could quickly become dangerous. Keeping the crew properly hydrated was the priority. The Wesco management team kept coolers stocked with water, ice, and Gatorade at all laydown sites and replenished as needed. Roving patrols traveled from site to site to deliver first aid supplies, bug spray, rainwear, office supplies, and safety gear.
Large camps were stocked with all the essentials a construction worker might need, including a laundry tent, showers, and sleeping trailers. Wesco crews stayed together at a campground that had also sustained storm damage. While the sewer and water systems were functional, the electrical system had been severely damaged. Wesco purchased a 45kW towable diesel generator from a local rental company to power the trailers. A local electrician established a makeshift electrical distribution system with temporary cabling for the generator. All the camp trailers for the crew were powered using this system for the duration of their efforts.
A second storm threatened the area at one point during the restoration efforts, prompting an evacuation order. This involved securing the sites, finding alternative lodging, and evacuating the area. Thankfully, the teams were given the all-clear to remobilize and resume restoration.