Utility workers from region brace for ice storm damage in NH
Road crews wait their turn to drive north as PSNH gets organized from the staging area at Manchester-Boston Regional Airport on Saturday. (Thomas Roy/Union Leader)
12/21/13 Trucks start to roll as PSNH gets organized from the staging area at the airport in Manchester on Saturday. Thomas Roy/Union Leader
Instead, the Connecticut Light and Power line crewman from Westfield, Mass., is heading to New Hampshire's North Country to be ready to help repair any Public Service of New Hampshire electric lines damaged from an ice storm that, as of Saturday night, had been predicted to blanket the northern half of the state with ice today.
He was one of hundreds of crew members from several of PSNH's sister companies under the Northeast Utilities umbrella of power companies throughout New England who were sent from a central "staging area" at Manchester-Boston Regional Airport on Saturday night to towns throughout the northern part of the state.
The New Hampshire Electric Cooperative has similar efforts underway, with dozens of crews dispatched to handle repairs if needed, a company spokesman said Friday. Hampton-based Unitil, which also serves customers in the Concord area, has also reached out to third-party contractors and secured 70 tree and bucket crews and an additional 50 "wires down and damage assessment support staff" to provide assistance, a company spokesman said Friday.
"Freezing rain will create significant icing, with half an inch ... or more ... possible through Sunday night," a National Weather Service warning said Saturday.
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