Where did the power crews eat and sleep?
Crews from Missouri, Canada, Massachusetts, New York, and Illinois hired by CL&P operated out of a makeshift staging area on Sunset Lane after Sandy’s devastation in late October and November. Inside a mobile command center, engineers tracked the progress as field crews reported in on power-line restoration. They also set up a tent as a dining hall for up to 225 crew members. After a long day in the field, workers traveled to hotels, sometimes more than an hour away. “Local restaurants lost a lot of business because of the storm. We were happy to use them for food, and the dinners were great,” says Western Massachusetts Electric director of asset management Jennifer Schilling, who set up the command post. “On Sunday, local chefs gave up their day off to create a feast of eggplant parmesan, cannelloni, and roast beef.” Comments one crewman: “We love Ridgefield. Every morning a neighbor brought us doughnuts and joe.”