November 16, 2017 Active Hurricane Season Brings Challenges, Gratitude
HARLAN ELECTRIC, AND FOUR OTHER MYR GROUP SUBSIDIARIES MOBILIZE TO RESTORE POWER DURING 2017 STORM SEASON
This year has been one of the most active, dangerous and expensive Atlantic storm seasons to date. Close to nine million people lost power on the U.S. mainland following Hurricanes Harvey and Irma.
For MYR Group and its subsidiaries, it was a major test to the companies’ manpower, mobile response, equipment, and expertise.
“We’ve learned a lot in storm restoration over the years and we know how to help the power company get as many customers on as quick as they can,” said Ken Teele, a superintendent with Harlan Electric.
Crews from five MYR Group subsidiaries, E.S. Boulos Company, Harlan Electric Company, The L.E. Myers Co., Sturgeon Electric Company, and Great Southwestern Construction, all traveled to hard-hit areas to reconstruct distribution lines to get power restored to residents like Lindsey Crosby of Callahan, Fla. Harlan Electric crews changed out two poles near her home.
“It’s just very warming to know that people from all over the country chip in and do what they can and what they’re good at to get everybody back to normalcy,” Crosby said.
Travis Hammaker, a 5th step apprentice with Harlan Electric, said mobilizing to affected communities was an “eye-opener.” “You feel it. You feel for these people down here,” Hammaker added.
Line workers across MYR Group have received an incredible reception from numerous people expressing gratitude for helping restore electricity to their communities.
We commend all the crews for their sacrifice and efforts to overcome the challenges associated with emergency storm response.