Wellesley Municipal Light Plant is doing its part to help those who lost power as a result of Hurricane Irma in Florida.
The American Public Power Association put out a request through the Northeast Public Power Association for mutual aid, and as a member of both organizations, the WMLP has sent four line workers and two vehicles to assist in power restoration. Wellesley has done the same several times in the recent past, according to Don Newell, Assistant Director of Engineering and Line Operations at the WMLP.
“WMLP’s Steve Neshe, George Kelly, Jon Cliff and Tony Franquiz left early Sunday morning as part of the NEPPA response of 28 crews heading for three different municipal utilities in Florida,” Newell says. “WMLP crews arrived in Orlando late Monday night and reported for a safety and local work practices orientation Tuesday morning. Crews will begin taking work assignments Tuesday afternoon and will be working sixteen hour shifts until power is restored.”
Newell says that in addition to bringing their tools and equipment, the crew had to bring a two-to-three day supply of water, two weeks of clothing, personal necessities and foul weather gear.