Skip to comments.As Hurricane Florence bears down, Canadian power crews make pit stop in Bangor en route to Carolinas
Posted on 09/16/2018 6:59:05 AM PDT by Libloather
But for thousands of power crews, the lead-up to the storm is a period of waiting to face the mess it leaves behind. The storm is expected to knock out power to as many as 3 million customers across the two states, utilities officials in the Carolinas said Wednesday afternoon.
I was expecting the call [from the power company] when I saw it on the news, said Raymond Gallant, a 70-year-old lineman from New Brunswick.
He was among a mix of linemen, mechanics, loggers and carpenters on Wednesday who signed up to spend an anticipated three weeks on the road, working 16-hour-days in the heat and humidity, and making double pay for their efforts.
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Really appreciate yous guys.
But, but they are 50 Hz qualified...oh the humanity.
Everything will just run a little bit slower.
The Canucks are coming all the way down to help? Thank you Canada!
Probably not very PC to ask this, but nobody from Puerto Rico willing to return the favor and pitch in? All the manpower we supplied in their time of need; all the money we sent...
That Wichita lineman is NEVER going to get his vacation.
Isn’t Canaduh (hay, they elected the fake eyebrow guy) interconnected with the US?
I doubt that they run 50 Hz.
Now there used to be 25 Hz industrial electricity around Niagara Falls until fairly recently,
Nope. No. Canadian electrical power and distribution are identical to the U.S. The equipment is interchangeable. I was in Canada in 1998 when ice storm brought down major distribution towers and disrupted power to most of the Province for weeks during a harsh winter. Crews and equipment, including replacement towers, swarmed into Quebec from as far away a Georgia.
Next winter crews from Maine to New York will cross the border to assist Canadians, and vice versa should the need arise. It's just business as usual, in a mutually beneficial relationship.
“Thank God we have a neighbor like the United States.” Eh? Spoken with only a tinge of irony.
It’s hard to drive from Puerto Rico to the mainland. Besides there are language problems. The situation in Puerto Rico is unique. As long as Puerto Rico is part of the part of the United States, their problems are our problems.
Sounds good, but I’m not buying it.
Plenty in PR who know English; plenty in the USA who know Spanish.
There are such things as planes and boats, or don’t they have any in PR?
Sorry, these excuses are lame at best.
It was more of a joke about life being slower in Canada. There were remote parts of Canada that had 50Hz due to the equipment being European. BTW Southern Kalifornia was 50 HZ until 1948. I used to find old electric motors, in industrial plants, in the 70’s that were 50Hz rated. Amazing testament to the build standards.
What you say is true, but it all entails enormous and completely unnecessary logistical hurdles. It’s much easier to get a crew down from Canada than PR. I do recall back around 2010 we some bad ice storms in Massachusetts. We lost power for 60 hours, some towns for two weeks. One crew I encountered had little red octagonal signs reading ARRÊT instead of STOP.
Were they required to have passports?
Thank you Canadians. Too bad our “good neighbor” to the South doesn’t send crews to help.
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