After a disastrous pattern of harsh nor’easters the past few weeks across the northeast United States, DIS-TRAN Overhead Solutions has helped the hundreds of thousands of people without power recover from the storms by sending truckloads of crossarms and utility supplies. These materials assist with the quick repair of energy and utility structures damaged by the severe winds and cold.
In the latest nor’easter to strike the east coast, the Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency (MEMA) reported that more than 200,000 customers lost electricity. One of the hardest hit areas on the Massachusetts coast, Chatham, saw 100% of customers lose power, and in Sandwich, Harwich and Dennis more than 90% of customers were without electricity. Even the police headquarters in Duxbury lost both their main power and backup power.
Across the Northeast United States hundreds of thousands of power outages were reported as utility companies scrambled to respond to customer complaints and restore power when mild climates briefly returned between storms. At local, state and national levels, many utility companies on the east coast are being forced to address how to harden and improve the design of overhead line components by upgrading material standards and practices for better resistance to extreme weather conditions.
Destructive weather patterns like nor’easters are proving to be even more disastrous and fatal. In areas expected to get as much as two to three inches of snow per hour, the National Weather Service is urging people to stay off the roads to allow emergency and road crews to get to work.
As downed trees and traffic accidents inflict damage to the power lines already reeling from the freezing, windy snowstorms, it is getting more important every year for utility companies in the region to harden their systems and infrastructure against extreme weather, making sure that electrical grids can withstand the conditions to reduce the occurrence of outages.
While more than 450,000 people lost power in the first nor’easter, the second nor’easter within a week was nearly as destructive leaving more than 360,000 customers without electricity at the height of the storm. Several communities have even turned to opening “warming shelters” to help residents without heat.
As power outages and utility damage continued to escalate, DIS-TRAN Overhead Solutions formulated an action plan to deliver a full response to damaged structures in light of the storm and demand for power. In just over a week’s time, DIS-TRAN Overhead Solutions sent trucks all over the Northeast United States to heavily impacted areas; especially locations in Pennsylvania, New York, Massachusetts and New Hampshire.
In a quick response to the nor’easters, the first truckload of crossarms from DIS-TRAN Overhead Solutions departed for the Northeast the same day the first order was received. The shipments from DIS-TRAN Overhead Solutions arrived in full force; shipping 10,000 crossarms in roughly 8 truckloads to the locations most heavily affected by the nor’easters.
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