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Lighting up NYC after Sandy left millions in the dark

April 10, 2017 | Jason Kuiper | flashback, history, OPPD employees
cable splicers

In late October 2012, Hurricane Sandy struck the east coast and left millions in 21 states without power.

OPPD sent mutual aid to New York City’s financial district in the form of seven cable splicers to help restore power. The skills of OPPD employees Jerry Benedict, Brian Faust, Kyle Sears, Joe Hanover, Mike Rangel, Al Cook and Lee Janicek were especially valuable to Consolidated Edison, which supplies power to Manhattan. Con Ed needed splicers who had the skills to work on network protectors, which is just what OPPD’s splicers did.

At the peak of the repairs, 67,000 workers were required to help respond to Sandy’s devastation. The OPPD crew had their own gear, including 20 boxes of tools and safety equipment flown out. They worked out of a one-ton van supplied by Con Ed.

The majority of the work done by OPPD splicers was repairing secondary protectors for transformers in underground vaults and manholes, spots that were even more cramped than the vaults and manholes they were used to working in back in Omaha.

They did find the time for a little sight-seeing, including visits to Central Park and a harbor cruise that took them past the Statue of Liberty.

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About Jason Kuiper

Jason Kuiper joined OPPD as a communications specialist in 2015. He is a former staff writer and reporter at the Omaha World-Herald, where he covered a wide range of topics but spent the majority of his career covering crime. He is a graduate of the University of Nebraska at Omaha and has also appeared in several true crime documentary shows. In his free time he enjoys cooking, spending time with his wife and three children, and reading crime novels.

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