Idaho Power Crews Better Prepared After Trip To New York


By Brandon Redmond

Twin Falls, Idaho (KMVT-TV) "We had a lot of people, they came out in tears, they were just surprised that Idaho Power was there to help them and we were excited to be there and help them," said Brent Hammons with Idaho Power.

After finally arriving in New York after the three and a half day trip from Idaho, it was an emotional experience for crews from Idaho Power.

"It was a little bit overwhelming. There were just trees down everywhere. Poles down, wire down everywhere in people's yards. Big hundred foot trees broken off that were lying on people's houses,” said Brent Hammons.

The crews worked long days to help get power restored to the thousands of New Yorkers who had been without power for days and even weeks.

"Well we got in at 530 in the morning every morning and we were out there, trimming a lot of trees. Putting up new services," said Brent Hammons.

Idaho power has mutual aid agreements with power companies across the United States, they have never been called to the East Coast. This is the first time Idaho Power has ever sent crews that far East.

"It was a good learning event for us because if we ever have a disaster here, we'll be better prepared for what's to come and how to house different crews if we need help from different companies and gives us a better idea of what to expect from a natural disaster of that scale," said Brent Hammons.

An experience that Idaho Power crews will never forget, but one that will help them be more prepared to help with disasters right here at home in Idaho.

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