TRACKING IDA: Con Edison caravan heads for Louisiana to help get the power back on

Crews from New Jersey, New York and across the Northeast are making their way down to the New Orleans area to help get the power back on.

News 12 Staff

Aug 30, 2021, 11:41 AM

Updated 964 days ago

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Crews from New Jersey, New York and across the Northeast are making their way down to the New Orleans area to help get the power back on.
One caravan from Con Edison with about 40 trucks is taking the 20-hour drive south from Woodbridge to help rebuild the destroyed grid. Around 1 million people could be in the dark for weeks.
"Definitely a lot of damage, a lot of downed poles, trees, wires on the ground,” says Con Ed Operating Supervisor Jason Ricco.
Ricco expects to find damage in Southeastern Louisiana similar to Sandy in the tri-state region -- a combination of wind and flooding from saltwater and freshwater.
“We learned there we actually had to remove all the meters, inspect all the equipment before we put anybody back in power because a lot of the equipment was damaged from the saltwater, and it's not safe to put that equipment back on - it could cause a fire,” says Ricco.
“It's definitely going to be uncomfortable; it's going to be hot and humid and for our crews to go into that environment they're not used to,” says Ricco. “Everybody has to take their time and just work safely and make sure they're staying hydrated.”
Con Ed will join crews from the tri-state on the ground in Louisiana helping rescue and recovery efforts, such as the specially trained task force, Red Cross and other local power companies. 


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