In the last six weeks, over 500 overhead transmission and distribution line workers have been called out by our utility customers for storm restoration throughout the Midwest, Mid-Atlantic and the Carolinas. From multiple tornadoes, battering hail and severe winds, our crews worked in dangerous conditions to repair critical infrastructure. Below are four examples of how our lineworkers and mobile mechanics continue to place service before self.
Greenville, South Carolina. After 16 tornadoes hit South Carolina early Monday, our Indiana Overhead Distribution crews traveled to Greenville at the request of our utility partner for storm restoration. In what has been one of the deadliest outbreaks in the region, it left nine people dead and thousands of homes and businesses without power, along with extensive property damage and flooding.
Cincinnati, Ohio. Our overhead distribution crews were called out for storm restoration after a severe 2-day weather event spawned 14 tornadoes and caused widespread property damage, snapped poles and downed power lines. More than 60,000 were left without power as the line of storms wreaked havoc across the region.
Lincoln, Illinois. Straight-line winds surged in excess of 70 mph and ripped through central Illinois snapping poles and downing power lines while leaving thousands without electricity. INTREN transmission crews were called out by our utility partner on Thursday to the city of Lincoln, where 30 transmission structures went down. Their job? Rebuild the line.
Vincennes, Indiana. Can you imagine being without power for 3 days? Add in multiple fires from downed powerlines, collapsed buildings, toppled roofs, and uprooted trees, all during a pandemic. Such was the scene in Vincennes, Indiana, where violent storms ripped through the river city with grape-sized hail and gale-force winds. Home to our INTREN family in Indiana, our distribution crews worked tirelessly to restore power to their own community.
Thank you to all our crews for being #INTRENStrong and assisting our utility partners in rebuilding vital infrastructure.