Zionsville Times Sentinel


November 21, 2012

Local utility crew assists after Sandy

LEBANON — Four line workers from Lebanon Utilities logged more than 1,500 miles on their work vehicle earlier this month by traveling to New Jersey to aid in power restoration to the East Coast after Superstorm Sandy.

The men spent 10 days helping to restore power in northeast Ohio and New Jersey after a powerful storm tore through the area and knocked out power to millions of customers in late October.

Nick Elliott, David Culley, Dustin Baker and Chad Revell left Lebanon on Nov. 2, taking a bucket truck and a digger derrick, and headed toward Parma, Ohio, a Cleveland suburb that was hit hard with rain and snow, which took out power all around the area. After doing all that was necessary there, they left on Nov. 5 and headed to Delaware, N.J., working there until their return on Monday, Nov. 12.

Baker enjoyed learning different methods of line construction and having the opportunity to help people in need, he said.

Elliott said it was a very rewarding trip that was also a learning experience.

“You don’t realize how much you rely on electricity until you don’t have it,” he said. “Everyone was extremely grateful. We even got a few hugs.”

Mike Adams, a Lebanon Utilities manager and supervisor of these four men, said before he can send anyone to help outside of Lebanon, he must first ensure everything is safe at home. The storm had totally passed through Indiana by Nov. 1, and he knew Lebanon was in the clear.

Lebanon Utilities is part of a mutual aid organization, the Indiana Municipal Electric Association. The IMEA asked if Lebanon had anyone who would be able to go east and do restoration work.

“These men did volunteer,” Adams said. “There were others who volunteered as well, but we had to be careful about preparing the right kind of skill sets. We wanted to send strong performers, and we have a really strong group of line employees.”

The situation on the East Coast was a little odd, Adams added. Usually, after a storm, crews work to put power facilities back into operation. But many communities in the area simply do not exist anymore, so there was no reason to restore power to those locations.

“They had to look at things a little differently in this type of a storm,” Adams said.

Revell said the experience was great because he was able to build relationships with other linemen and new people. But it also put things in perspective, especially close to the Thanksgiving holiday.

“It was a great feeling helping people that are in great need,” he said. “People don’t realize how fortunate they really are sometimes. We need to take a step back and realize what we are thankful for.”

Culley agreed, saying what he saw also gave him some perspective.

“Seeing the devastation a hurricane can cause and knowing what thousands of people endured makes you appreciative of what you have,” he said.

Text Only
  • Council again snubs sheriff's request Three members of the Boone County Council Tuesday, April 8, again blocked an effort by Sheriff Ken Campbell to transfer money he has collected from inmates from the county general fund back to a sheriff’s office budget line.

    April 16, 2014

  • County council debates policy on minutes Changes to a recorded vote by the Boone County Council launched a lengthy discussion Tuesday, April 8, of what that board wants written in its minutes.

    April 16, 2014

  • County council OKs letter of intent for 650 S An application for a $6.3 million grant to improve CR 650 S between Indianapolis Road and Indiana 267 was endorsed, 6-1, by the Boone County Council Tuesday, April 8.

    April 16, 2014

  • Rain frequency, intensity increasing, engineer says County Surveyor Ken Hedge said he believes there has been an increase in flooding rains in recent years.

    April 9, 2014

  • CTY-ZT040914-bridge design pic Indiana 39 bridge towers, panel installation to begin Construction is set to begin on three towers, along with decorative panels, on the Indiana 39 bridge over Interstate 65.

    April 9, 2014 2 Photos

  • Rain frequency, intensity increasing, engineer says A perception that rain is falling harder and flooding is happening more frequently appears to be supported by recent data, a consulting engineer told the Boone County Drainage Board Monday, April 7.

    April 9, 2014

  • Lebanon man to compete in national pool championship Lebanon resident Chuck Thurnall has been playing pool for 23 years — most of his life. From student to player to coach, Thurnall has dedicated much time to his favorite sport, which will take him to the American Pool Association’s national championship in Las Vegas this month.

    April 9, 2014

  • Boone remains one of healthiest counties Boone County remained one of the top three healthiest counties in Indiana in an annual survey released Wednesday by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute.

    April 2, 2014

  • Boone REMC may harvest sunlight The launch of a community solar farm would also be another electrical first for Boone REMC, which dates its origins as a rural electrical member cooperative dates to 1935. It was the first electrical co-op in Indiana to be funded by the Rural Electrification Administration, and the second REA-funded co-op to provide electrical service; the first power was transmitted May 22, 1936.

    April 2, 2014

  • CTY ZT040214 jail sale pic 1 Historic jail on auction block In the market for a used but still sturdy jail? Call Mitch Doner of Key Auctioneers. At 1 p.m. April 10 -- unless it's sold before then -- the former Boone County Jail at North Meridian and West Washington streets, on the north side of Lebanon's squa

    April 2, 2014 2 Photos

Order Times Sentinel photos

Photos from April 2014

Twitter Updates
AP Video
Raw: More Than 100,000 Gather for Easter Sunday Raw: Greeks Celebrate Easter With "Rocket War" Police Question Captain, Crew on Ferry Disaster Raw: Orthodox Christians Observe Easter Rite Ceremony Marks 19th Anniversary of OKC Bombing Raw: Four French Journalists Freed From Syria Raw: Massive 7.2 Earthquake Rocks Mexico Captain of Sunken SKorean Ferry Arrested Raw: Fire Destroys 3 N.J. Beachfront Homes Raw: Pope Presides Over Good Friday Mass Raw: Space X Launches to Space Station Superheroes Descend on Capitol Mall Man Charged in Kansas City Highway Shootings Obama Awards Navy Football Trophy Anti-semitic Leaflets Posted in Eastern Ukraine Raw: Magnitude-7.2 Earthquake Shakes Mexico City Ceremony at MIT Remembers One of Boston's Finest Raw: Students Hurt in Colo. School Bus Crash Deadly Avalanche Sweeps Slopes of Mount Everest
Hyperlocal Search
Premier Guide
Find a business

Walking Fingers
Maps, Menus, Store hours, Coupons, and more...
Premier Guide