Thursday, October 1, 2020
As Hurricane Isaias made its way from the Caribbean up the East Coast, wind speeds exceeded 70-80 mph. On Tuesday, August 4, it took the tri-state area by surprise and quickly became the most destructive natural disaster since Superstorm Sandy. Trees and power lines were down everywhere, leaving more than 2.5 million people without electricity. Enter the union workers employed by electrical contractors and utility providers in New York, New Jersey and Connecticut. Over half of the outages were restored within 24 hours and work continued through the weekend.Local 3, IBEW responded in all parts of the city. Fallen trees and branches littered the streets and courtyards around Electchester, Local 3's housing complex in Flushing, Queens. Removal took place over the 48 hours following the storm.
Clearview Tree Service was one of many crews doing tree removal in Flushing, Queens. Local 3 linemen and electricians worked day and night, as did members of IBEW Local 1049 on Long Island, UWUA Local 1-2 at Con Edison and CWA.